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.
Therapeutic practice exposed society in its many facets to health practitioners providing treatment to women survivors of the Kosovo War. Like a mirror, it provided an image of an alternative reality reflecting in waves societal concerns, not clearly visible because of obstruction. Lurking in blind angles, in dead corners, it made practitioners doubt, feel uneasy and bewildered about the world around them.
Mirroring occurred as practitioners listened to their patients’ stories, attended to their pains, contemplated diagnoses and offered care. It made them realise that the women’s illnesses were much more than mental disorders. Rather, they were powerful […]