This chapter focuses on how orthodox practitioners initiate care at community bedsides, shedding light on the distinctive way they employ diagnostic and therapeutic means. It discusses the reasons for summoning physicians, the extent to which physicians prescribe medicines, and the situations in which physicians are faced with the need to improvise or borrow therapies and experiment with them. The chapter also analyzes how the diagnostic and therapeutic efforts employed by orthodox practitioners shaped the medical and social meaning of local practice.
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