The Interrelationship Between Scientific And Traditional Medical Systems; A Study of Ghana

ABSTRACT

The study was devoted to the investigation of a common phenomenon in developing countries - i.e., the co-presence of scientific and traditional medical systems. The aim was to explicate the nature of the interrelationship between scientific and traditional medical systems, to discover the continuing functions of traditional medical practice, and to elucidate some of the determinants of the pattern of articulation between the medical systems and the larger society. The focus of the study was directed to Ghana, with implications for other developing countries. The study required a perspective which incorporated certain features of both a rational and a functionalist model. From the former the idea was developed that men plan consciously to take into account not only their successes but their recognized failures. From the latter, emphasis was placed upon the social system and its formally stated goals, considered as the main organizational ends. This perspective enabled us to focus upon one of the crucial problems in sociology: how a measure of integration, vis-a-vis the medical systems, is maintained in the face of inevitable changes from sources both external and internal to it. Methodologically, the study was limited to examination of published data; no primary field research has been carried out. The available data have been subjected to preliminary analysis in terms of the concepts and problems of contemporary social science. 

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APA

pTOMASI, P (2021). The Interrelationship Between Scientific And Traditional Medical Systems; A Study of Ghana. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/the-interrelationship-between-scientific-and-traditional-medical-systems-a-study-of-ghana

MLA 8th

PTOMASI, PATRICK "The Interrelationship Between Scientific And Traditional Medical Systems; A Study of Ghana" Afribary. Afribary, 13 Apr. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/the-interrelationship-between-scientific-and-traditional-medical-systems-a-study-of-ghana. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

MLA7

PTOMASI, PATRICK . "The Interrelationship Between Scientific And Traditional Medical Systems; A Study of Ghana". Afribary, Afribary, 13 Apr. 2021. Web. 25 May. 2024. < https://afribary.com/works/the-interrelationship-between-scientific-and-traditional-medical-systems-a-study-of-ghana >.

Chicago

PTOMASI, PATRICK . "The Interrelationship Between Scientific And Traditional Medical Systems; A Study of Ghana" Afribary (2021). Accessed May 25, 2024. https://afribary.com/works/the-interrelationship-between-scientific-and-traditional-medical-systems-a-study-of-ghana