MUDPACKS AND PROZAC: EXPERIENCING AYURVEDIC, BIOMEDICAL, AND RELIGIOUS HEALING (Hardcover)

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People seeking psychiatric healing choose from an almost dizzying array of therapies—from the medicated mud packs of Ayurveda, to the pharmacopeia of Western biomedicine, to the spiritual pathways of the world's religions. How do we choose, what do the treatments offer, and how do they cure? In Mudpacks and Prozac, Murphy Halliburton investigates the very different ways in which Ayurvedic, Western, and religious (Christian, Muslim, and Hindu) healing systems define psychiatric problems and cures. He describes people's embodied experiences of therapies that range from soothing to frightening, and explores how enduring pleasure or pain affects healing. And through evocative portraits of patients in Kerala, India—a place of incredible cultural diversity that has become a Mecca for alternative medicine—Halliburton shows how sociopolitical changes around the globe may be limiting the ways in which people seek and experience health care, with negative effects on our quality of health and quality of life.

About the Author


Murphy Halliburton is a tenured assistant professor in the Graduate Center and Department of Anthropology, Queens College CUNY. He has published in leading journals including American Anthropologist, Transcultural Psychiatry, Global Public Health, and Medical Anthropology.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781598743982
ISBN-10: 1598743988
Publisher: Left Coast Press
Publication Date: August 31st, 2009
Pages: 232
Language: English