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Psychiatry and folk healing: a dichotomy?
Am J Psychiatry 1976;133:95-97.
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A mental health center's experience with folk healers in a Hispanic urban ghetto revealed a culturally accepted belief system based on a body of empirical knowledge that helps its members to cope with distress. The authors suggest that including folk healers as team members in the delivery of mental health services is a valuable contribution to psychiatry.

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