Epilepsy in Indonesia: Notes from Development
Article first published online: 23 DEC 2008
Copyright 1992, American Anthropological Association.
Central Issues in Anthropology
Volume 10, Issue 1, pages 94–102, January 1992
How to Cite
Conrad, P. (1992), Epilepsy in Indonesia: Notes from Development. Central Issues in Anthropology, 10: 94–102. doi: 10.1525/cia.19126.96.36.199
- Issue published online: 23 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 23 DEC 2008
Based on interviews with neurologists and medical personnel throughout Indonesia, the paper reports on the medical and cultural situation of epilepsy in a developing country. After briefly reviewing the context of Indonesian medical care, the paper examines the indigenous perspectives of epilepsy with particular attention the “underutilization” of western medical care. Contributing factors discussed include cultural beliefs, perception of stigma, and cost and accessibility of medical care. This is followed by a discussion of two grassroots initiatives to modify the image and treatment of epilepsy.