The collaboration of the doctor and holy man can still be seen in some countries throughout the world. Even today, the witch doctors of India and Nepal will carry out minor surgery, and give potions to remove the evil spirits at the same time. The holy man acted as a comforter to the patient, very much in the same way as you would see a pastor or priest visit the sick in this country. It is hard to imagine that these Witch doctors even now in the 21st century, still exist, but exist they do in many countries and in numerous quantities.
Native American medicine historically included manysophisticated interventions that have been lost in whole or in part, such as various forms of bodywork, bone setting, midwifery, naturopathy, hydrotherapy, and botanical and nutritional medicine.
Ceremonial and ritual medicine
is the largest surviving piece of Native American medicine, but is still
only a small part of what was available 500 years ago.284
"They are a doomed Race. Wars, smallpox, gross immorality, a change from old ways their fate is the common fate of the American, whether he sails the sea in the North, gallops over the plain in the west, or sleeps in his hammock in the forests of Brazil (26)