When a Machi Arrives at the Hospital. An Experience of Integration between Indigenous and Occidental Medicine in Santiago de Chile

My thesis deals with an experiment of integration between traditional Mapuche medicine and biomedicine in a public hospital in Santiago de Chile. Furthermore, it deals with the Mapuche identity as it is claimed and its influence in the pursuit of intercultural health policies. My thesis suggests that the decision to consider mainly ethnic factors neglects the difficult social and economic situation of the recipients and consequently contributes to perpetuate structural violence. Furthermore, it appears that the two types of medicine are separated only on a formal level and that a constant negotiation takes place between them and leads to the creation of hybrid practices, symbols and lexical forms.