oa South African Medical Journal - Western psychiatry and the Xhosa patient

Volume 51, Issue 14
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The difficulties of the Western-trained psychiatrist in dealing with Xhosa patients are threefold; the language and intricacies of its usage, the cultural beliefs, customs and rituals and the inapplicability of the Western psychiatric model to people of a different culture.

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