Chapter 1. Overview: Looking toward the Future of Shared Knowledge and Healing Practices

  1. Mario Incayawar M.D., M.Sc. Director1,2,3,
  2. Ronald Wintrob M.D. Clinical Professor4 and
  3. Lise Bouchard Ph.D. Director of Research1
  1. Ronald Wintrob M.D. Clinical Professor

Published Online: 28 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470741054.ch1

Psychiatrists and Traditional Healers: Unwitting Partners in Global Mental Health

Psychiatrists and Traditional Healers: Unwitting Partners in Global Mental Health

How to Cite

Wintrob, R. (2009) Overview: Looking toward the Future of Shared Knowledge and Healing Practices, in Psychiatrists and Traditional Healers: Unwitting Partners in Global Mental Health (eds M. Incayawar, R. Wintrob and L. Bouchard), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470741054.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Runajambi – Institute for the Study of Quichua Culture and Health, Otavalo, Ecuador

  2. 2

    Former Henry R. Luce, Professor in Brain, Mind and Medicine: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, Pitzer, Claremont McKenna, USA

  3. 3

    Harvey Mudd Colleges, California, USA

  4. 4

    WPA-Transcultural Psychiatry Section, Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

Author Information

  1. WPA-Transcultural Psychiatry Section, Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Brown University, Providence, RI, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470516836

Online ISBN: 9780470741054

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Keywords:

  • future of shared knowledge and healing practices - medical knowledge of indigenous populations around the world;
  • medicinal effects of local plants and healing practices - over many centuries by indigenous peoples;
  • relationship between natural and supernatural worlds - beliefs about causes of illness and its treatment;
  • ‘complementary and alternative medicine’;
  • US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine - US government's lead agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine;
  • ‘a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products - not part of conventional medicine’;
  • botanicals, biological products and commercial development;
  • intellectual property rights of indigenous peoples - in relation to use of their medical, medicinal and botanical knowledge;
  • Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in Durban, South Africa and indigenous South African peoples' medical, medicinal and botanical knowledge;
  • supernatural determinism, faith healing and exorcism

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introductory Remarks

  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine

  • The US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

  • Botanicals, Biological Products and their Commercial Development

  • The Medical, Medicinal and Botanical Knowledge and the Intellectual Property Rights of Indigenous Peoples

  • Supernatural Determinism, Faith Healing and Exorcism

  • Faith Healing

  • Curanderismo and Candomble

  • Toward the Integration of Medical and Traditional Healing; Case Examples from the Americas

  • Concluding Comments