oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Attitudes to illness in Salisbury 1980

Volume 26, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The Shona patient today differs from his sick grandfather of forty years ago. He is much more likely to understand in broad terms the nature of his illness, though he may acknowledge still that witchcraft or the spirits may have singled him out to suffer. This acknowledgement is less prevalent in the higher social classes. He has an interest in and an oft expressed preference for the form of treatment he receives. If this preference is unduly weighted towards the needle, the probable reason is the continued pandering to this desire rather than an attempt to educate. Like his counterpart anywhere else, he appreciates being treated as an individual with fears, emotions, curiosity and responsibilities.

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