We are open! For operations and delivery updates due to COVID-19. (click here)

Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Doctors and Healers by Tobie Nathan

We think we know what healers do: they build on patients' irrational beliefs and treat them in a 'symbolic' way. If they get results, it's thanks to their capacity to listen, rather than any influence on a clinical level. At the same time, we also think we know what modern medicine is: a highly technical and rational process, but one that scarcely listens to patients at all.

In this book, ethnopsychiatrist Tobie Nathan and philosopher Isabelle Stengers argue that this commonly posed opposition between traditional and modern medicine is misleading. They show instead that healers are interesting precisely because they don't listen to patients, using techniques of 'divination' rather than 'diagnosis'. Healers construct genuine therapeutic strategies by identifying the origins of symptoms in external forces, outside of the mind of the sufferer. Modern medicine, for its part, is characterized by empiricism rather than rationality. What appears to be the pursuit of rationality is ultimately only a means to dismiss and exclude other forms of treatment.

Blurring the distinctions between traditional and modern practices and drawing on perspectives from across the globe, this ethnopsychiatric manifesto encourages us to think in radically new ways about illness, challenging accepted notions on the relationship between sufferer and symptom.

Buy Doctors and Healers by Tobie Nathan from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781509521869
ISBN-10: 1509521860
Format: Paperback / softback
(216mm x 145mm x 17mm)
Pages: 220
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 6-Jul-2018
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - Doctors and Healers by Tobie Nathan

Book Reviews - Doctors and Healers by Tobie Nathan

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Doctors and Healers book by Tobie Nathan and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Author Biography - Tobie Nathan

Tobie Nathan is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the Universite Paris-VIII. Isabelle Stengers is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles.

A Preview for this title is currently not available.

Books By Tobie Nathan

Wandering Souls by Tobie Nathan
Paperback / softback, September 2019
$32.29 $32.95
Doctors and Healers by Tobie Nathan
Hardback, July 2018
$93.56 $103.95
A Land Like You by Tobie Nathan
Hardback, December 2020
$41.36 $45.95
Two Beautiful Prayers from the Lips of Jesus by Tobie Nathan
Paperback / softback, April 2010
$41.33 $45.92