Traditional Medicine: A Global Perspective

Traditional Medicine: A Global PerspectiveBook Reviews: My good friend, Dr Gill Scott, and I were sitting in the gardens of the Mount Nelson Hotel (affectionately known as ‘The Nellie’) in Cape Town discussing Traditional African Medicine. The authors both thought that it would be good to bring descriptions of a representative number of traditional medical systems together in one text, aimed at academics, students and interested members of the public.

I was delighted when Gill immediately agreed to contribute a chapter. Over one-third of the population in developing countries lack access to essential medicines. Countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America use traditional medicine to help meet some of their primary health care needs. In Africa, up to 80% of the population uses traditional medicine for primary health care. The provision of safe and effective Traditional Medicine Therapies could become a critical tool to increase access to health care. Migration, both within countries and across continents, means that host communities, in particular health care providers working in multicultural environments, may well come into contact with unfamiliar practices.

A compact yet wide ranging source of knowledge such as that provided in this book will help them understand the basics of medical systems that are being used by patients, often concurrently with western medicine. However, health care providers need more than just knowledge, for it is necessary to understand and effectively interact with people across cultures. In short, there is a need to develop cultural competence. With this in mind a method by which orthodox health care providers can approach patients using their traditional practices in a sympathetic manner is introduced in Chapter 3. Although it specifically refers to North American aboriginal medicine it can be adapted to other health care environments.

Bibliographical Data of Traditional Medicine: A Global Perspective 1st Ed

Reference Type: Book
Record Number: XX
Author: Steven B. Kayne
Year: 2009
Place Published: London, UK
Publisher: Pharmaceutical Press
Number of Pages: 331
Edition: 1
ISBN -10: 0853698333
ISBN-13: 978-0853698333
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