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Urban healers: An experiential description of American healing touch groups

Journal/Book: Qual Health Res. 1996; 6: 2455 Teller Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320. Sage Science Press. 526-541.

Abstract: There is an increasing interest in alternative healing in the United States. Healing touch has gained in popularity both within organized religious groups and in move secularized groups. Despite this interest, there are very few reports of the experiences of the healers and the recipients of these healings. This ethnographic report describes the healing sessions as well as the physical, emotional, visual, and interpretive experiences of both healers and recipients. The healings are contrasted with biomedicine according to setting, interaction, and the cognitive process involved in the treatment. Reflected values of each respective group are discussed.

Note: Article J Engebretson, Univ Texas, Hlth Sci Ctr, Sch Nursing, Houston, TX 77025 USA

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