Follow me into the realm of healing where you will meet doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists as well as traditional healers who grapple with women’s symptomspeak. You will read about diagnostic practices and healing in resource scarce settings, magical encounters, and ethical dilemmas. Overall, the stories reveal creative forces through which new commentaries and understandings are created about health and illness, family arrangements, national politics and the state of the world.
her back turned towards us in her white doctor’s coat, was busy preparing Turkish coffee over a small gas cooker. Laughing she remembered how American psychiatrists and psychologists had once turned up at her office asking for a training session in coffee making. It was their last visit to the psychiatric hospital in Prishtina before returning to the US after months of training the first cohort of health workers in community-based mental health support. Still chuckling, she carefully poured the flavourful foamy coffee into three cups before handing them to me and Albana, my research assistant.
Settling into our chairs across from […]