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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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With little more than wooden rulers, plasters and cotton, traditional bonesetters treat a wide range of injuries.
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.
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.