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February 12, 1927

Ritual and Belief in Morocco. Volume 1.

JAMA. 1927;88(7):507-508. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680330059043

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Among the fundamental sciences frequently neglected by those undertaking the study of medicine, anthropology and ethnology are conspicuous. Certainly, a knowledge of the body structure and racial customs of the people of the world is fundamental to an understanding of their health and diseases. The present volume offers a consideration of these factors as they concern the people of Morocco. Primitive magic and demonology underlie much of the early practice of medicine; for example, one section of this work deals with the existence of healing springs and shrines erected to saints in their vicinity. In one spring, persons suffering with rheumatism or syphilis bathe themselves before proceeding to the shrine of a saint who is buried close by and who presumably has powers in the control of these diseases. Another spring, called "the Spring of Leprosy," is much affected by persons with syphilis and skin diseases. The patient throws bread

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