Placebo studies and ritual theory: a comparative analysis of Navajo, acupuncture and biomedical healing | Philosophical Tran...
Ida Benedetto
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Using a comparative analysis of Navajo healing ceremonials, acupuncture and biomedical treatment, this essay examines placebo studies and ritual theory as mutually interpenetrating disciplines. Healing rituals create a receptive person susceptible to the influences of authoritative culturally sanctioned 'powers'.

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