There probably does not exist a more comprehensive review of Tarahumara history, culture, and healing than this volume. Irigoyen-Rascón began research as a medical student in Cerocahui in 1972, and this is his first English publication. The book benefits from the ten years he spent working as a physician in Norogachi, Samachique, and Guachochi through 1980. Living in Tarahumara communities, learning the language, and gaining acceptance in local activities are essential because, as Irigoyen-Rascón explains, “the behavior when persons alien to the culture are present may differ” (7). This is especially true when it comes to matters of healing, ceremony, and traditional medical belief and practice.

Since Irigoyen-Rascón attempts an emic and etic representation of Tarahumara healing practices, his decade of experience as an outside physician/researcher validates the material. However, the primary criticism of the volume relates to the time frame in...

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