Psychiatry and folk healing: a dichotomy?

P. Ruiz, J. Langrod

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A mental health center's experience with folk healers in a Hispanic urban ghetto revealed a culturally accepted belief system based on a body of empirical knowledge that helps its members to cope with distress. The authors suggest that including folk healers as team members in the delivery of mental health service is a valuable contribution to psychiatry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-97
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1976


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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