JOHN E. CAWTE, M.D.
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Hardly any of the Australian subcontinent remains unexplored by the present-day European inhabitants, and hardly any of the original Australoid inhabitants remain outside effective contact with Europeans. However, for some groups of native Australians or Aborigines, effective contact is relatively recent so that it is still possible to make scientific observations of their medical system as it probably operated before the European invasion. One such group, the Kaiadilt of Bentinck Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland, which came into effective contact in 1948, has been reported in the book Cruel, Poor and Brutal Nations ( 1 ). This medical
CAWTE JE. Australian Aboriginal Medicine Before European Contact. Ann Intern Med. ;82:422–423. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-82-3-422
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;82(3):422-423.
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