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The witchdoctor and the bowel.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  550495     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Most urban Blacks consult witchdoctors for diverse reasons. The potent effects of their herbal medicines can result in damage to almost any part of the gastro-intestinal tract, and the outcome may be fatal. Diseases induced by witchdoctors therefore constitute an important facet of the disease spectrum of recently urbanized Blacks. Possible reasons for the strong influence of the witchdoctor are given. It is suggested that there should be a reappraisal of medical training in a Black society, so that cognizance can be taken of the important role played by witchdoctors.
I Segal; L O Tim
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde     Volume:  56     ISSN:  0256-9574     ISO Abbreviation:  S. Afr. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1979 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1980-10-24     Completed Date:  1980-10-24     Revised Date:  2014-09-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404520     Medline TA:  S Afr Med J     Country:  SOUTH AFRICA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  308-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
African Americans
African Continental Ancestry Group
Duodenal Diseases / chemically induced
Enteritis / chemically induced
Esophagitis / chemically induced
Gastritis / chemically induced
Glossitis / chemically induced
Intestinal Diseases / chemically induced*
Intestinal Perforation / chemically induced
Jejunum / physiopathology
Medicine, Traditional*
Plant Extracts / poisoning*
Plants, Medicinal
South Africa
Urban Population
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Plant Extracts

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