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Acta Médica Peruana

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FRISANCHO VELARDE, Óscar. Magical and religious beliefs in Medicine in Pre-Hispanic America. Acta méd. peruana [online]. 2012, vol.29, n.2, pp.121-127. ISSN 1728-5917.

The origins of medicine in pre-Hispanic South America are still evident in the magic and religious cosmic vision that influences the beliefs of many native South American with respect to health and disease and their therapy approaches. This magical-religious approach for health and disease has been widely spread in North, Central and South America cultures.

Keywords : History of medicine; anthropology; chamanism; South America; North America; Central America.

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