Vodou Case Study

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Register to read the introduction… As McCarthy Brown (2003) noted, healers “rarely try to compete with scientific medicine” (p.285). In fact, more often the practitioner, once he has appeased the problem with the supernatural, advises the client to consult Western biomedicine to repair the remaining damage from the Vodou spirits former wrath (Freeman, 2007, p.125). In this view Vodou is essentially enlisted to combat the cause and biomedicine to combat the symptoms. Although, as Freeman (2007) notes “in practice, real collaboration has been limited to working with midwives, injectionists and faith and herb healers, with in a few cases strictly voodoo practitioners called in for certain psychotherapeutic counseling” …show more content…
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