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Ghost illness: A cross-cultural experience with the expression of a non-Western tradition in clinical practice

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American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research. 2(2):6-26
Publication Type
Article
Date
1988
attributes of illness, etiology and death are discussed in patients from three different cultures - Navajo, Salish, and Hmong. The cases illustrate the role of the dead in concerns and fears related to illness, depression and suicidal behavior. These issues are presented in the broader context of human
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Author
Putsch, R.W.
Source
American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research. 2(2):6-26
Date
1988
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
File Size
199044
Keywords
Bereavement
Death and dying
Dreams
Ghost illness
Hallucinations
Hmong
Navajo
Salish tradition
Treatment
Abstract
Ethnocentric beliefs and attributes of illness, etiology, and death are discussed in patients from three different cultures - Navajo, Salish, and Hrnong. The cases illustrate the role of the dead inconcerns and fears related to illness, depression and suicidal behavior. These issues are presented in the broader context of human experience with death and dying represented in the medical and anthropologic literature. Diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to special beliefs are illustrated.
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