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A person, especially one who is not a licensed physician, who sets broken or dislocated bones.


(Professions) a person who sets broken or dislocated bones, esp one who has no formal medical qualifications


(ˈboʊnˌsɛt ər)

a person, usu. not a licensed physician, skilled at setting broken or dislocated bones.
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Noun1.bonesetter - someone (not necessarily a licensed physician) who sets broken bones
caregiver, health care provider, health professional, PCP, primary care provider - a person who helps in identifying or preventing or treating illness or disability
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The establishments of unqualified bonesetters or jirrahs were: Shifa Khana Jirai, Muhammad Shafi Jirah, Abdul Razzaq Jirrah Centre, M Shahbaz Dawakhana and Jirah, Asghar Ali Pehlwan, Shah-i-Jahan Fiaz Ghousia Jirah, Ali Hajvari Jirah, Muhammad Rafique Pehlwan and Bismillah Hadi Jor.
The alternative healthcare practitioners included herbalists, birth attendants, spiritualists, traditional psychiatrists and bonesetters.
This is quite often complicated in developing countries like India due to lack of awareness, poverty and presence of traditional bonesetters.
With little more than wooden rulers, plasters and cotton, traditional bonesetters treat a wide range of injuries.
Ballplayers and Bonesetters is part of a series and she has illustrated them all.
Once shunned as witches, hypnotists, bonesetters, magnetists and herbalists are surfing on the swelling organic wave, experts say, and have gained such acceptance that many Swiss hospitals have even begun referring patients to them.
Crackdown on bonesetters in Kandahar Health officials of Kandahar have launched a campaign against bonesetters, who, they say, are quack doctors who have no medical skills.
Their topics include the indigenous as a site of decolonizing knowledge for conventional development and the link with education as evinced in Africa, indigenous research and decolonizing methodologies, Western medical education and indigenous knowledges, and traditional bonesetters and health choices in northern Ghana.
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.
among them singers, seers, witchwives, washer women, sugar beer brewers, conjurers, native bearers, prayer makers, soothsayers, sorceresses, dyers, diviners, hired mourners, spinners, shepherdesses, babysitters, millers, maids, bookbinders, spellbinders, cornharvesters, great-grandmothers, sharecroppers, necromancers, exorcists, coffee pickers, potters, crazy women, midwives, planters, woodlanders, bonesetters, troublemakers, spiritualists, mothers-in-law, peddlers, gravediggers, fireworks makers, drinkers, hags, beggars, bakers, basket weavers, shamanesses, liars, computers, comagres, sculptresses, muses, and even men.
136) practices and Ghana's village bonesetters, are compared and contrasted.