El hospital invisible. A study of 'curanderismo'

D. Alegria, E. Guerra, Cervando Martinezjr, G. G. Meyer

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This report presents the results of interviews with 16 Mexican-American folk healers (curanderos and curanderas) in San Antonio, Tex. Curanderismo was found to be alive and well in San Antonio, though its practitioners tend to be older and its future unclear. Several salient characteristics of the practitioners were clarified such as the process of the becoming a healer, referral practices, types of disorders treated, and treatment of the traditional folk illnesses. The authors take a basically conservative position on whether curanderos can ever be incorporated into the health care delivery system. However, this study confirms that the practitioners and their clients simultaneously utilize the folk medical system and the scientific medical system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1354-1357
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of General Psychiatry
Volume34
Issue number11
StatePublished - 1977

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Alegria, D., Guerra, E., Martinezjr, C., & Meyer, G. G. (1977). El hospital invisible. A study of 'curanderismo'. Archives of General Psychiatry, 34(11), 1354-1357.

El hospital invisible. A study of 'curanderismo'. / Alegria, D.; Guerra, E.; Martinezjr, Cervando; Meyer, G. G.

In: Archives of General Psychiatry, Vol. 34, No. 11, 1977, p. 1354-1357.

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Alegria, D, Guerra, E, Martinezjr, C & Meyer, GG 1977, 'El hospital invisible. A study of 'curanderismo'', Archives of General Psychiatry, vol. 34, no. 11, pp. 1354-1357.
Alegria, D. ; Guerra, E. ; Martinezjr, Cervando ; Meyer, G. G. / El hospital invisible. A study of 'curanderismo'. In: Archives of General Psychiatry. 1977 ; Vol. 34, No. 11. pp. 1354-1357.
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