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An Invitation and IntroductionPART I: Surgeries and Other Healing in Kardecist-Spiritism1. Jose Carlos Ribeiro: An Introduction to Spiritist Therapy 2. Edson Queiroz: Spirit Surgeries in Recife 3. Antonio de Oliveira Rios in Palmelo 4. Mauricio Maglhaes in Campo Grande 5. Not All Patients Are Cured: Kardecism's Approach to Death and Dying 6. The Disobsession: Another Form of Spiritist Treatment 7. Healing and The Competition for Religious Converts PART II: Healing by the Spirits in Other Brazilian Popular Religions8. Religion and Religious Diversity in the Context of Brazilian History 9. Pilgrimage and Healing in "Popular" Catholicism 10. Healing by the Spirits in the African Derived Traditions 11. Umbanda 12. Evangelicals and Healing by the Holy Ghost 13. Healing in the Competitive Religious Marketplace PART III: Spirits, Healing and a New Paradigm14. Healing by Spirits and Science 15. Science as a Cultural Process16. Communication, Information Flow, and a New Paradigm 17. Ritual, Altered States of Consciousness and Culturalbiological Healing18. Culturalbiology and the Marketplace of Religion in BrazilPostscriptNotesReferences

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Sidney M. Greenfield is professor of anthropology emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is author or editor of seven books and is producer, director, and author of five video documentaries.


'This engagingly written book is a must-read for anthropologists working and teaching in the fields of religion, anthropological theory, medical anthropology, and alternative medicine. It will also appeal to a wide audience outside of academe because it provides ethnographic descriptions of little known but fascinating ritual healing practices.' Robert Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Department Head, Sociology and Anthropology, Mills College 'Greenfield's ethnographic descriptions are captivating. Spirits with Scalpels will make an excellent textbook for courses in medical anthropology/sociology and for students in the medical field who are interested in issues at the intersection of culture and health. I will definitely use it for my classes, because through his analysis of spirit healing and cultural biology Greenfield clearly addresses anthropology's fundamental concepts, methods, and approaches.' Alexander Rodlach, Creighton University 'Spirits with Scalpels is the culmination of a lifetime of pioneering research integrating fascinating insights about mind-body healing on all levels. He tells us the inside stories documenting healers in many of Brazil's diverse religious traditions. He updates it with the leading edge of the most recent laboratory research on the molecular-genomic foundations of mind and matter. This volume is a classic of field research that would no longer be possible to carry out today.' Ernest L. Rossi, PhD, author of A Discourse with our Genes and The Psychobiology of Gene Expression 'Spirits with Scalpels is a breakthrough book that takes the social and biological sciences to a level of understanding and experimentation that is both provocative and profound. Students of Brazil and scholars interested in the interface of religion and healing also will enjoy Dr. Greenfield\'s fascinating descriptions of ritual practices and the art of healing as performed by folk healers with and without scalpels.' Stanley Krippner, Saybrook Graduate School, author of Varieties of Anomalous Experience and Haunted by Combat 'From the very first page, Spirits with Scalpels is very hard to put down. The reader is led on an adventure greater than any that NASA has promised. Author Sidney M. Greenfield, a widely trained and careful anthropologist, takes you step by step into the precisely documented, witnessed and filmed worlds of Spiritist surgery and other religious therapies in Brazil. If you do not want your mind expanded and new possibilities added to your belief system, do not read this book. The converse is also true.' Lawrence LeShan, PhD, author of The Dilemma of Psychology and The Medium, the Mystic, and the Physicist: Toward a General Theory of the Paranormal

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