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Pluralism, performance and meaning in Taiwanese healing: a case study.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2060314     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A case of presumed psychosis in a 16-year-old Taiwanese girl is examined to show the role of performance in creating meaning in a plural medical system. The case illustrates that there is no necessary correspondence between diagnoses, authorities, and therapies; that consensus, if achieved at all, is tenuous and context-dependent; that meaning is created by performance, rather than the other way around; and that understanding of how therapies work depends on their efficacy.
S Harrell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Culture, medicine and psychiatry     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0165-005X     ISO Abbreviation:  Cult Med Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1991 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-08-08     Completed Date:  1991-08-08     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7707467     Medline TA:  Cult Med Psychiatry     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  45-68     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle 98195.
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MeSH Terms
Acute Disease
Combined Modality Therapy
Cross-Cultural Comparison*
Medicine, Traditional*
Mental Healing / psychology*
Psychotic Disorders / psychology,  therapy*
Sick Role

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