NonWestern Medical Models

Patricia Clay (pclay@WHSUN1.WH.WHOI.EDU)
Mon, 6 Jun 1994 11:14:47 -0400

I know in Venezuela. After he had spent some time explaining about various
hot & cold diseases and their cold & hot cures, I asked about the medicines
one buys at pharmacies -- since I knew he used them himself. "Oh", he
explained to me, "the Ministerio de Sanidad Social [FDA, essentially, in
this reference, though though it's actually the Ministry of Public Health]
checks all that. If they say it's good for a certain illness that's a cold
illness, then you know the medicine is hot." Handy way of reconciling the
two systems, I thought.

Trish Clay
Patricia M. Clay NOAA/NMFS/NEFSC
Anthropologist 166 Water Street
National Marine Fisheries Service Woods Hole, MA 02543
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