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MOURA, Flávia de Barros Prado  and  MARQUES, José Geraldo Wanderley. Folk medicine using animals in the Chapada Diamantina: incidental medicine?. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2008, vol.13, suppl.2, pp.2179-2188. ISSN 1678-4561.

This study examines the traditional therapeutic use of animals or parts of animals by an Afro Brazilian population living in the Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brazil. The investigation was conducted over a period of eight months and consisted of open- and semi-structured interviews, photographic documentation and identification of species. Besides presenting a list of animal products and their respective use, we seek to stimulate a discussion about the possible existence of a rational basis for the belief in the therapeutic or prophylactic potential of the animal products used in the traditional medicine of Brazilian populations.

Keywords : Folk medicine; Indigenous populations; Ethnomedicine.

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