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19 January 2007 In what way does Foster’s naturalistic-personalistic typology fit the comparison of biomedicine and Spiritualism? Are there ways it does not work? Naturalistic and personalistic typologies describe two ethnomedical systems that cover many variations of medical practice throughout the world but there are some that fall into other categories, which will not be discussed here. (Foster 112). Spiritualism or Sacred Healing and biomedicine are categories of the two typologies only having different concentrations (Finkler 118). Naturalistic typology is defined as disease that extends from natural forces or conditions such as temperature change, the presence of moisture or winds and most importantly the fluctuation of the homeostasis in the body. Opposing this, we have the personalistic typology which defined itself by explaining a disease as caused by an “active, purposeful intervention of an agent who may be human, nonhuman or supernatural (Foster 112). With these two definitions,
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This note was uploaded on 05/31/2011 for the course ANTH 147 taught by Professor Rivkin-fish during the Spring '09 term at UNC.

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