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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2008 Apr;24(4):228-9. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e31816b7a92.

Curanderismo: consequences of folk medicine.

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Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ 07101-1709, USA. rdebellonia@njpies.org

Abstract

Curanderismo, folk medicine, is an important and common aspect of Hispanic culture. Its use is not well understood by US medical physicians and is often overlooked when Hispanic patients present to US hospitals. We present a case of isopropyl alcohol toxicity in a 4-year-old child due to the use of a curanderismo treatment of "espanto" (evil spirits).

PMID:
18418260
DOI:
10.1097/PEC.0b013e31816b7a92
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