Theories of Illness

A World Survey

This slim but powerful book is one of the most recent products of the modern cross cultural correlational studies pioneered by the author. . . . It should interest just about anyone who investigates folk medicine, religion, and magic, or who teaches courses dealing with these subjects.
Humboldt Journal of Social Relations

An important contribution to medical anthropology, this work defines the principal causes if illness that are reported throughout the world, distinguishing those involving natural causation from the more widely prevalent hypotheses advancing supernatural explanations.

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George Peter Murdock

George Peter Murdock (1897-1985) was Andrew Mellon Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh

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