Higher Education

From the Bush: The Front Line of Health Care in a Caribbean Village, 1st Edition

  • Marsha B. Quinlan Washington State University
  • ISBN-10: 0155085670  |  ISBN-13: 9780155085671
  • 168 Pages
  • © 2004 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $45.75



This case study will be the first to deal with a topic in medical anthropology. It explores the world of folk medicine in the Caribbean (Dominica) – local beliefs and practices concerning how the body functions and malfunctions and the home remedies Dominicans use to cure common illnesses. The case study goes beyond discussing the exotic medical system of a developing country (which includes sorcery and folk-illnesses) to discuss how folk medicine flourishes in industrialized countries in a way that is little different than that practiced in Dominica. The theme is that cultural ideas about the body and uses of medicinal plants are deeply intertwined. Ideas about illness direct the consequent medical response. The book's topic is important because knowledge of local ethnomedical practice is essential for development of public health interventions in non-Western settings. This realist ethnography is aimed at any member of the generally educated population.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables.
1. The Importance of Home Remedies.
2. Dominica and Dominicans.
3. Bwa Mawego.
4. Methods.
5. Disease and Illness in Bwa Mawego.
6. Bwa Mawego's Sectors of Healthcare.
7. Body Image in Bwa Mawego.
8. Bush Medicine in Bwa Mawego: Illnesses and their Treatments.
9. Applications and Conclusions.
Appendix A.
Appendix B.
Appendix C.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Marsha B. Quinlan

Marsha Quinlan is a broadly-experienced medical anthropologist with expertise in cultural notions of disease and healing and medical botany. Quinlan has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and teaches anthropology at Washington State University. She has conducted research with residents of this Dominican community since 1993.