Nosology and Traditional Therapy in Papua New Guinea

  • Burton G. Burton-Bradley


The mainland New Guinea and surrounding islands have over 1, 000 highly discrete languages located within them and the component State of Papua New Guinea with a population of barely 3 million has 760 of these (1). As culture stems from language, each one gives rise to and characterises a distinct cultural-linguistic group of people. Such separateness is attributed to the mountainous terrain and many waves of migration throughout history.


Traditional Healer Administrative Mental Health Grandiose Delusion Surrounding Island Disturbed Person 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Burton G. Burton-Bradley
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  1. 1.University of Papua New GuineaPort MoresbyPapua New Guinea

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