volume 5, issue 2, P349-374 1998
DOI: 10.1590/s0104-59701998000200005
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Abstract: Based on documentation from the institution known as Fisicatura-mor (1808-28), and mainly on proceedings involving its official 'accreditation' of medical activities, this analysis of popular therapists opens access to categories like bleeders and healers, who were persecuted for their activities down through the nineteenth century. The curing practices employed by these bleeders and curandeiros ranked low on the hierarchy of procedures acceptable by the Fisicatura-mor. Quantitative data analysis demonstrates …

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