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Sickness and Healing
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I. Medicine

Sickness and healing are basic phenomena of human life and core concepts of any anthropology. Nevertheless defining them and the relationship between them still raises problems, not least because each is a collective term. There is debate within medicine over whether sickness and healing can be neutral categories, purely descriptive and empirical, with their mea…

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Rütten, Thomas, Neu, Rainer, Ebner, Martin, Kaiser, Jochen-Christoph, Wiesing, Urban, Klessmann, Michael and Grundmann, Christoffer H., “Sickness and Healing”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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