Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica
versión impresa ISSN 1726-4634
DE PRIBYL, Rosario. Medical anthropology evidences on the Pishtaco origin. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2010, vol.27, n.1, pp. 123-137. ISSN 1726-4634.
This paper will contribute to the scientific development of a new approach on the pishtaco in Peru by means of medical anthropological analysis. The model emphasizes presentation and analysis of historical, pharmaceutical, and anthropological evidence supporting use of human tissues with specific medical goals in Peruvian and European regions. We can find the origin of this phenomenon around the sixteen and seventeen centuries in Europe: The pishtaco has no an Andean origin. The methodology and main conclusions of this paper could provide to the scientific community an alternative perspective to the conventional anthropological and ethnological research, as an example of a medical anthropological analysis of the pishtaco character. Professionals involved in intercultural health projects could have a new insight on this issue thanks to these results. They will obtain an adequate historical-cultural context for the interpretation and understanding of people and native communities beliefs about health, body and medical systems.
Palabras llave : Anthropology; History of Medicine; Religion and Medicine; Surgery; Peru; Europe.