Ahern, Emily M.. Sacred and secular medicine in a Taiwan village: a study of cosmological disorders

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Title: Sacred and secular medicine in a Taiwan village: a study of cosmological disorders

Published in: Medicine in Chinese cultures : comparative studies of health care in Chinese and other societies, edited by Arthur Kleinman ... [et al.]

Published By: Medicine in Chinese cultures : comparative studies of health care in Chinese and other societies, edited by Arthur Kleinman ... [et al.] Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, National Institutes of Health, 1975. 91-113 p.

By line: Emily M. Ahern

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1995. Computer File

Culture: Taiwan Hokkien (AD05)

Subjects: Gratification and control of hunger (261); Diet (262); Pharmaceuticals (278); Magical and mental therapy (755); Medical therapy (757); Ethnophysiology (827);

Abstract: This essay deals with '...some of the basic concepts that play a part in Chinese villagers' understanding of bodily health or sickness' (p. 91). Based on data collected in the village of Ch'i-nan, Ahern presents ideas about hot and cold, yin and yang in the body and in society; the importance to patients of knowing the cause of an illness; and the process of finding a cure.

Document Number: 63

Document ID: ad05-063

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliography

Field Date: 1969-1973

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Marlene Martin

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Ch'i-nan village, Taipei hsien, Hai-shan region, Taiwan

LCSH: Taiwanese

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