A desert killer, a culture clash

McGraw, Dan
June 1993
U.S. News & World Report;6/14/93, Vol. 114 Issue 23, p30
Reports that 13 people have died from a mysterious illness in and around the huge Navajo reservation near Window Rock, Ariz., fueling panic among a people traditionally suspicious of the US government and Western medicine. How cultural tension has made gathering data about the outbreak difficult; Use of medicine men to provide clues about the desert time bomb; Difficulties in investigating this medical oddity; Navajo belief that the disease is a call to return to old ways.


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