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Transcript of Igbo Medicine
illness, and ritual curses Western medicine is not heavily invested in the spiritual or tribal cultures. The Igbo believe that sorcery, witch craft, and super human forces can heal or treat a persons sickness. What is one difference between Western medicine and traditional Igbo medicine? Similarities? To be a doctor a minimum of 12 years is required to be able to practice medicine. What is the major issue with the way the Igbo selects their medicine men? Western Medicine In western medical practices there is physical and documented proof that the treatment practices work. According the the Igbo culture, a serious illness is never allowed to rest without a consultation of a powerful force. (i.e. spirits) In the Igbo culture, you inherit the practice of medicine from your family or your parent. Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. New York: First Anchor, 1959. Print.
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Iroegbu, Patrick, Dr. "Introduction to Igbo Medicine." KWENU: Our Culture, Our Future. Department of Anthropology, Economics and Political Science, Grant MacEwan College, University Studies. Edmonton Alberta, Canada, 23 Jan. 2006. Web. 8 Feb. 2013. <http://www.kwenu.com/publications/iroegbu/igbomed/introduction1.htm>. Differences: Similarities: Inheritance can help ensure the probability of becoming a doctor or healer