January 1973

Indigenous Therapists in a Southern Black Urban Community

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, Emory University Medical School, Atlanta. Dr. Bourne is currently Director of the Georgia Narcotics Treatment Program, Atlanta.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1973;28(1):137-142. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1973.01750310109018

Despite the development of the community mental health movement, indigenous therapists continue to provide an important health care resource in many communities. This is particularly true in various subcultures in America. In an urban black community in the South (1) root doctors, (2) faith healers, (3) magic vendors, and (4) neighborhood prophets were identified as performing this function.