Systems of medical folk belief exist today in the many diverse cultures represented in the United States.1 These beliefs and the remedies used in the traditional medical care system may be of clinical significance when families seek care from scientific health care systems. Recent reports have described the adverse effects of the administration of specific folk remedies to children. The Vietnamese practice of cao gio, coin rubbing over the skin of the back which has been oiled and massaged, was tried as a remedy for fever and chills.2 In the Mexican-American community, mollera caida, literally, "fallen fontanel," is the belief that the symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy are due to a downward displacement of the fontanel.

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