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Rootwork: description of an ethnomedical system in the American South.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3603109     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The traditional medicine of black Americans, often labeled "rootwork," has its origins in slave culture of the antebellum South. Its continued influence on the health behavior of black Americans is reported for rural areas of the South and for poor urban areas throughout the United States. The rootwork system combines a belief in the magical causation of illness with cures by sorcery and an empiric tradition stressing the natural causation of illness with cures by herbs and medicines. Adherents of rootwork are medically pluralistic and seek help from a variety of practitioners when faced with illness. Adherents enter the clinical setting for the treatment of natural illnesses and present symptoms in accordance with traditional beliefs about the blood and "folk" categories of disease. Adherents may also consult magical practitioners, known as root doctors, for treatment of a variety of psychosocial problems.
H F Mathews
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Southern medical journal     Volume:  80     ISSN:  0038-4348     ISO Abbreviation:  South. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1987 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-08-13     Completed Date:  1987-08-13     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404522     Medline TA:  South Med J     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  885-91     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
African Americans* / psychology
Diet Therapy
Hematologic Diseases / therapy
Medicine, Traditional*
Mental Disorders / therapy
North Carolina
Rural Population
United States
Urban Population

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