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bonesetters, during the Renaissance and Middle Ages, professionals who manipulated the joints or spine to relieve pain or restore range of movement.
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Many Yemenis both in urban and rural areas believe traditional bonesetters are better than qualified orthopedic doctors.
Hypothesizing the existence of "magnetic ether" that flows through the solar system into the human nervous apparatus, mesmerists--like chiropractors, spiritualists, bonesetters, mind cure healers, and osteopaths--use hand gestures or "passes" to remove "obstructions" in the flow of "spirit" or "vital fluid" and restore "harmony" between the human body and the cosmos.
In a 2-year prospective study, Eshete (3) found a reduction in amputation rates after a one-day instructional course offered to bonesetters in Ethiopia.