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By Robert A. Trennert

In 1863 the Dine all started receiving treatment from the government in the course of their confinement at Bosque Redondo. Over the subsequent 90 years, a well-known litany of difficulties surfaced in periodic experiences on Navajo health and wellbeing care: insufficient investment, understaffing, and the unrelenting unfold of such communicable ailments as tuberculosis. In 1955 Congress transferred remedy from the Indian Bureau to the general public overall healthiness carrier. The Dine authorised a few points of western drugs, yet in the course of the 19th century such a lot govt physicians actively labored to wreck age-old therapeutic practices. purely within the Nineteen Thirties did medical professionals start to paintings with - instead of oppose - conventional healers. drugs males linked ailment with the supernatural and the disruption of nature's concord. Indian carrier medical professionals acquainted with Navajo tradition ultimately got here to just accept the worth of conventional drugs as a huge spouse to the scientific-based tools of the western global.

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