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Title:Tuberculosis in anthropological perspective
Author:De Villiers, S.
Year:1991
Periodical:South African Journal of Ethnology
Volume:14
Issue:3
Pages:69-72
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:Xhosa
medical anthropology
tuberculosis
Abstract:The perceptions of tuberculosis of Xhosa-speaking patients in South Africa are often shaped by both Xhosa tradition and a diversity of sociocultural factors that arise from the acculturation process. Perceptions of the disease give rise to specific patterns of behaviour concerning treatment, not least of which is dual consultation of a non-Western practitioner and a medical doctor. Dual consultation is seen, on the one hand, to produce conflict in patients with harmful implications for treatment and recovery but, on the other, to constitute a coping strategy in accordance with a patient's sociocultural orientation. In conclusion, it is suggested that patients need not be discouraged from consulting a non-Western practitioner, but ought to be encouraged at the same time to persist with regular visits to a doctor and to adhere to a treatment programme. Bibliogr., sum. also in Afrikaans.
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