Illness as Metaphor: Feminine Healing as Transformation

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 148–149. Reviews the book, Women as Healers, Women as Patients: Mental Health Care and Traditional Healing in Puerto Rico by Joan Koss-Chioino (1992). Koss-Chioino's book is a timely contribution. It compares Puerto Rican espiritismo with mainstream mental health treatment with female patients and healers. The constant influx of Latinos into North American shores makes espiritismo and its syncretism with other folk healing forms a viable healing alternative for Latinos residing in the United States. The book is based on a therapist-spiritualist project whose aim was to establish information between the two healing systems, offer training to members of each system, and develop new psychotherapeutic approaches from a synthesis of both models. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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