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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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Currently, the promoter of health, (midwives, social actors and in many places the bonesetters), is recognized as Community Health Agent and have a common trait, come from the very communities they serve, therefore, they share a sense of belonging and cultural codes.
Dr Ashgar, a former hospital administrator, said his hospitals had to clear up the mess left behind, including amputating the limbs of patients treated for fractures by backstreet bonesetters.
People still get treated by pratctitioners of Tibb-e-Unani, Homeopathy, and herbal medicine, and still go to spiritual healers and bonesetters.
Health services in the village is poor, The village has a few spiritual and faith healers, traditional healers (quacks) like Pirs, Hakeem, bonesetters, village birth attendants and nothing else.
The therapies mostly include herbal medicine, massage, acupuncture, self-help groups, Ayurveda, faith-healing, chiropractic, cupping, bonesetters, meditation, midwives, yoga, homeopathy, aromatherapy and quacks.
Further proceedings against 16 fake general practitioners, nine each jirrahs (bonesetters) and dentists have also been initiated.
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.
That is why in this review we show the implicated practitioners are not only chiropractors but also physicians, physiotherapists, "bonesetters," and general medical practitioners.
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.