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Author Adams, Walter Randolph.
Title Health care in Maya Guatemala : confronting medical pluralism in a developing country / Walter Randolph Adams, John P. Hawkins.
Published Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2007.
Book Cover

 Floor2  F1435.3.M4 A43 2007    IN LIBRARY
Description xvii, 268 p. : ill., port., maps ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-255) and index.
Contents Introduction: the continuing disjunction between traditional and Western medical beliefs and practices in Guatemala / Walter Randolph Adams, John P. Hawkins -- "Someone is making you sick": conceptions of disease in Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán / Jason Harris -- "No one wants to become a healer": herbal medicine and ethnobotanical knowledge in Nahualá / Jolene Yukes -- "If we do not eat milpa, we die": the cultural basis of health in Nahualá / Steven Shem Rode -- "The solution is prevention": the national rural health care system in Nahualá / Michael Duncan Jones -- "The sickness was too strong": medical choice in Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán / Jennifer Leyn -- "Your destiny is to care for pregnant women": midwives and childbirth in Nahualá / Kevara Ellsworth Wilson -- "Tortillas give us strength": an assessment of eating in Nueva Ixtahuacán / Deborah L. Lee -- "Wild greens every day, that is all we ate": malnutrition and development in Nahualá / Bronwyn M. Sinclair -- "If my tooth hurts, I pull it out": oral health in Antigua Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán / Jared T. Lee -- Sadness in the highlands: a study of depression in Nueva Santa Catarina Ixtahuacán / Emily R. Sullivan -- Conclusion: good medicine: steps toward a Maya-accessible health care system / John P. Hawkins, Walter Randolph Adams.
Summary "Health Care in Maya Guatemala examines medical systems and institutions in three K'iche' Maya communities to reveal the conflicts between indigenous medical care and the Guatemalan biomedical system. The editors and contributors show how people in this rapidly modernizing society think about traditional practices - and reveal that health conditions in traditional communities deteriorate over time as long-standing medical practices erode in the face Western encroachment." "The contributors first consider cultural, institutional, and behavioral aspects of health care in Guatemala. Then they look closely at the nature and treatment of specific health issues, such as dentistry and mental health - especially depression. Finally, they provide new insight on midwifery, nutrition, ethnomedicine, and other topics."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Mayas -- Medicine -- Guatemala.
Mayas -- Medical care -- Guatemala.
Traditional medicine -- Guatemala.
Medical care -- Guatemala.
Guatemala -- Social conditions.
Related Names Hawkins, John Palmer, 1946-
Related To Online version: Adams, Walter Randolph. Health care in Maya Guatemala. Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2007 (OCoLC)608526324
ISBN 9780806138596 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0806138599 (pbk. : alk. paper)
OCLC number 85622920