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Unlicensed practice: a lay healer in rural Switzerland

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Publication date 2016
Author Unterkircher Alois, Ritzmann Iris,
Project Ein Auslaufmodell: Medizinische Praxis und Lebenswelt eines Laienheilers in der ersten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Clio Medica
Volume (Issue) 96
Page(s) 230 - 252
Title of proceedings Clio Medica


This contribution is part of the more recent medical history research into medical markets , “folk medicine” and “alternative” healing methods as well as their agents; its central focus is the marginalization of non-approved persons with healing knowledge and its main question is how one can trace – on the basis of the practice journals of a Swiss lay healer – the changes and consistencies in medical lay-practice against the background of growing medical academization.