OPEN The New England journal of medicine | 17 Jan 2014
V Patel and S Saxena
Mr. K. spent nearly a year and a half bound to a log in his home village in northeastern Ghana. His crime? He had a psychotic disorder, and his family could not afford the $17 for antipsychotic medication that would have stabilized his condition. Instead, they consulted a traditional healer, who pinned Mr. K.’s right leg inside a hole in the log and warned his family not to free him lest the wrath of the gods be visited on them. At least 10% of the world’s population is affected by one of a wide range of mental disorders; as many . . .
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