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On Mexican Folk Medicine

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Name: Mexican-Folk-Medicine-John-M.-Ingham-.pdf
Title: On Mexican Folk Medicine
Author: John M. Ingham
Publisher: American Anthropologist
Language: English
Publish Year: 1970
Publish Location: US
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In this paper, traditional medical beliefs and practices in a Mexican village are described and interpreted. The analysis focuses on the notion that health is a balance of hot and cold within the body. Several lines of evidence are used to reveal the metaphorical meanings of hot and cold, and these meanings are then seen to be related to structural features of peasant society.

Keywords: Folk medicine, Mexico, hot and cold, healing