Nowadays a plethora of treatment technologies is available to the consumer, each employing a variety of concepts of the body, self, sickness and healing. This volume explores the options, strategies and consequences that are both relevant and necessary for patients and practitioners who are manoeuvring this medical plurality. Although wideranging in scope and covering areas as diverse as India, Ecuador, Ghana and Norway, central to all contributions is the observation that technologies of healing are founded on socially learned and to some extent fluid experiences of body and self.
Imre Lazar graduated as a medical doctor from Semmelweis University of Medicine and in 1999 became an expert of occupational medicine. He has a Master's Degree in Medical Anthropology from the Brunel University and a Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Since the foundation of the Institute of Behavioural Sciences at Semmelweis University, Lazar has been teaching in the Medical Anthropology department and in 2004 he became its head. He is also associate professor at the Institute of Communication and Social Sciences, K.roli G.sp.r University of Reformed Church, Budapest. Helle Johannessen has a PhD in anthropology from University of Copenhagen and has done research and teaching in medical anthropology since the mid-1980s. She is currently associate professor at the Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, where she is head of a research unit and a PhD program for social studies in medicine. In her research she has studied medical pluralism in Denmark and Europe. She is currently involved with a comparative study of the use of complementary medicine among cancer patients in Denmark, Italy and India.
List of Tables List of Figures Preface Thomas Csordas List of Contributors Chapter 1 Introduction: Body and Self in Medical Pluralism Helle Johannessen Part I Body, Self and Sociality Chapter 2 Demographic Background and Health Status of Users of Alternative Medicine: A Hungarian Example Laszlo Buda, Kinga Lampek and Tamas Tahin Chapter 3 Taltos Healers, Neoshamans and Multiple Medical Realities in Postsocialist Hungary Imre Lazar Chapter 4 'The Double Face of Subjectivity': A Case Study in a Psychiatric Hospital (Ghana) Kristine Krause Chapter 5 German Medical Doctors' Motives for Practising Homoeopathy, Acupuncture or Ayurveda Robert Frank and Gunnar Stollberg Chapter 6 Pluralisms of Provision, Use and Ideology: Homoeopathy in South London Christine A. Barry Chapter 7 Re-examining the Medicalisation Process Efrossyni Delmouzou Part II Body, Self and the Experience of Healing Chapter 8 Healing and the Mind-body Complex: Childbirth and Medical Pluralism in South Asia Geoffrey Samuel Chapter 9 Self, Soul and Intravenous Infusion: Medical Pluralism and the Concept of samay among the Naporuna in Ecuador Michael Knipper Chapter 10 Experiences of Illness and Self: Tamil Refugees in Norway Seeking Medical Advice Anne Sigfrid GrA nseth Chapter 11 The War of the Spiders: Constructing Mental Illnesses in the Multicultural Communities of the Highlands of Chiapas Witold Jacorzynski Chapter 12 Epilogue: Multiple Medical Realities: Reflections from Medical Anthropology Imre Lazar and Helle Johannessen Index