Concept of Health, Disease, Illness and Therapy Among the People of Addis Ababa

Annals of African Medicine, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 28-31, 2004

4 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2008

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to investigate how the people of Addis Ababa consider health, disease and illness. It also examines the conceptual differences of disease, illness, and health.

The data were collected in Addis Ababa from June 1998 to January 1999 by employing the fundamental techniques of anthropological investigation: participant observation and interviews. In this research, healers, patients, elders, and cosmopolitan medicine workers were interviewed and observed. The people believe that health is the equilibrium between organs in a body, and the equilibrium between the body as a whole and the outside environment.

Furthermore, it is found out that the people could not differentiate disease from that of an illness. Despite the increasing supply of modern manufactured drugs traditional medicines have continued to be widely used in Ethiopia. The availability of medicines and their plants abundantly in the markets of towns show how traditional medicine is popular among the urban residents.

Keywords: health, disease, illness, somatization, indigenous medicine, and cosmopolitan medicine

JEL Classification: I10, I18, I19

Suggested Citation

Teshome-Bahiru, Wondwosen, Concept of Health, Disease, Illness and Therapy Among the People of Addis Ababa. Annals of African Medicine, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 28-31, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1080815

Wondwosen Teshome-Bahiru (Contact Author)

Forum für Sozialwissenschaften Forschung ( email )

Vienna
Austria

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