A Failure of Treatment
By (author) Gilbert Lewis
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Failure of Treatment by Gilbert Lewis
Book DescriptionA serious illness may bring other events into focus. This book is about the circumstances surrounding an illness which struck a man in middle life, its impact on him and on the people of his West Sepik village. It records both failure and continuing belief the failure of local treatments, Western medicine, and of a great communal effort to bring a spirit to heal him. The issues of distress, isolation in illness, and the hope of relief are universal ones, but in this setting in New Guinea they have to be placed in a framework of tentative explanations because of the harsh material conditions. To follow the course of this man's illness is to see how illness can reshape events and test social ties. The book unfolds a social drama, as it traces people's anxieties, the pressure upon them to take immediate action to try to remedy the situation, and their growing realization that they have failed.Through the text runs the problem of hope and belief in healing.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198234098
(233mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 23-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Gilbert Lewis
Day of Shining Red, Paperback (March 1988)
The question how the anthropologist can justify interpretations of customs which go beyond those offered by the people themselves runs through this book.
Knowledge of Illness in a Sepik Society, Hardback (January 1975)» View all books by Gilbert Lewis
Illness is a matter of concern in every society. This study of the occurrence, recognition and explanation of illness amongst the Gnau makes use of its author's dual training in medicine and anthropology to show why, and in what respects these people of a forest village turn to their religious and magical knowledge in the distress of illness.
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