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Kuru, a fatal neurological disease thought to be transmitted through cannibalism, is examined in the Fore, a New Guinea people afflicted with the disease, who believe it to be caused by sorcery. The author also discusses Fore beliefs about diagnosis and prevention of other diseases.


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Kuru, a fatal neurological disease thought to be transmitted through cannibalism, is examined in the Fore, a New Guinea people afflicted with the disease, who believe it to be caused by sorcery. The author also discusses Fore beliefs about diagnosis and prevention of other diseases.

30 review for Kuru Sorcery: Disease and Danger in the New Guinea Highlands

  1. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    I read this for Medical Anthropology in Biocultural Perspective, and for an assigned academic text, it was actually fascinating. She balances well the epidemiology of kuru with her observations of Fore political organization, social kinship structure, and beliefs about health and illness. There's a constant awareness of context, as if she's always asking, "Okay, so this practice or phenomenon happens. Why? What does it stem from?" I admire that.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Samuel

    An older, but invaluable document of the Fore society in a time of great transition. Despite the inclusion of "Kuru" in the title, this isn't a medical study but an anthropological one, discussing how a sweeping, incurable plague impacted a society, how they interpreted it, and what changes this forced. Fascinating reading.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brent

    Real people eating dead people. And getting really sick...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    An interesting ethnography.

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    Thom Dunn

    {Velvetink RECO: for disease transmitted by cannibalsim.}

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