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Zhonghua Yi Shi Za Zhi. 1997 ; 27(1): 41-5.

[An outline medical history of Taiwan (I): the period of folklore medicine and witch doctor]

Li C.

Chinese Medical Institute, Taiwan, Taizhong.

The paper makes a correlated analysis on the origin of health folklore between Chinese in mainland and Taiwan island. After quoting literatures written by authors living in the Qing dynasty in Taiwan, this paper analyses health condition among aboriginals of Taiwan during the witchcraft age. Along with the increasing immigration from China mainland to Taiwan island, health of folklore and gods from China mainland were introduced into Taiwan, hence the period of witch doctor in Taiwan, featuring the correlation of both. Though modern medicine in Taiwan is so advanced, yet there are still witch doctors elsewhere.

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