Doctors should understand and respect the folk medicine traditions of their patients because it will improve communication, enhance patient trust, and prevent misunderstandings. For example, the "evil eye" is a common folk belief. While doctors have been taught to make eye contact, Latin Americans and Italians may believe this can injure an infant. Doctors must also know the specific beliefs of their patients. Some cultures believe touching the infant averts the evil eye while Indonesians believe it is taboo to touch a child's head. Latin Americans categorize illnesses and treatments as "hot" or "cold." However, Puerto Ricans view penicillin as "hot," while Guatemalans view it as "cold." Doctors have accused Cambodians of child abuse for coin rubbing a child, which is a folk remedy. All cultures have folk medicine traditions, including ours. For these reasons doctors should make an effort to learn about beliefs existing among their own patient population.
Publication Name: Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
Rail industry must learn from mistakes
Issues are presented concerning the importance of increasing rail safety as a means of improving the public's opinion of the railway system. The lack of growth and the performance of the railway industry is discussed.
Publication Name: Occupational Safety & Health
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