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HEALTH MEXICO MIDWIVES
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November 20, 2006
Totonaco Indian medicine-man Genaro Nunez blows away the evil he conjured from a 16-year-old patient's...
HUEHUETLA, Mexico
To match feature HEALTH MEXICO MIDWIVES
Totonaco Indian medicine-man Genaro Nunez blows away the evil he conjured from a 16-year-old patient's body out of the window to regulate her menstrual cycle in the "integrated hospital" in Huehuetla, some 220 miles (354 km) from Mexico City, October 25, 2006. Struggling to draw inhabitants of non Spanish-speaking areas lacking basic services into a health system many mistrusted, officials in the heavily indigenous central Mexican state of Puebla enlisted some unconventional help. In five clinics attached to rural hospitals, medicine-men, midwives and village osteopaths or 'bone-men' work alongside conventional surgeons, radiographers and obstetricians. To match feature HEALTH MEXICO MIDWIVES REUTERS/Jennifer Szymaszek (MEXICO)
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