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Of Spirits and Madness

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As two cultures meet, one doctor finds new insight into the human mind. Dr. Paul Linde came to Zimbabwe to take the helm at the Harare Central Hospital, where dozens of patients present new challenges every day. From a case of factitious disorder-in which a young man treats his own leg like a pin-cushion-to a woman suffering from kufungisisa, the strange ailment of thinking too much, Linde tells of his patients demons and their difficulties in a vivid portrait of a world where witchcraft still reigns and psychosis is stigmatized as a contagious illness. Linde presents a wry and inspiring tale of medicine at the crossroads of two cultures. This fascinating and entertaining book should be required reading for anyone (especially in the medical profession) interested in the politics and personal stories of the cultural divide.- Publishers Weekly. This is a compelling story and Linde is an excellent guide into a world that seems at first unbelievable but eventually becomes strangely recognizable in its human suffering. - San Jose Mercury News.

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As two cultures meet, one doctor finds new insight into the human mind. Dr. Paul Linde came to Zimbabwe to take the helm at the Harare Central Hospital, where dozens of patients present new challenges every day. From a case of factitious disorder-in which a young man treats his own leg like a pin-cushion-to a woman suffering from kufungisisa, the strange ailment of thinking too much, Linde tells of his patients demons and their difficulties in a vivid portrait of a world where witchcraft still reigns and psychosis is stigmatized as a contagious illness. Linde presents a wry and inspiring tale of medicine at the crossroads of two cultures. This fascinating and entertaining book should be required reading for anyone (especially in the medical profession) interested in the politics and personal stories of the cultural divide.- Publishers Weekly. This is a compelling story and Linde is an excellent guide into a world that seems at first unbelievable but eventually becomes strangely recognizable in its human suffering. - San Jose Mercury News.
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Title Of Spirits and Madness Height 200 mm
Paul R Linde Width 125 mm
ISBN-13 9780071407991 Binding Paperback
ISBN-10 #0071407995 Spine Width 22.5 mm
Publisher McGraw Hill Pages 240
Edition New edition Availability Out Of Stock

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