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  • n. Plural form of bonesetter.


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  • In many European countries "bonesetters" have, in a crude way, been treating strains and sprains of the spinal column since time immemorial.

    Nature Cure

  • It is merely professional, a trick of the practice, unquestionably, in most cases; but sometimes it is a "natural gift," like that of the "bonesetters," and

    The Conflict with Slavery and Others, Complete, Volume VII, The Works of Whittier: the Conflict with Slavery, Politics and Reform, the Inner Life and Criticism

  • Folk practitioners sometimes called "bonesetters" have long used the notion of bones "going out of place" to explain maladies, and they employ manipulation as a panacea.


  • In 1477, following Spain's unification, Ferdinand and Isabella created a central Protomedicato empowered to examine, not only physicians and surgeons but also midwives, bonesetters, apothecaries, dealers in aromatic drugs, and any other persons who "in whole or in part practice these professions" — men as well as women.

    Pestilence and Headcolds: Encountering Illness in Colonial Mexico

  • He fell very ill, sent for doctors of every kind, even bonesetters, but they, none of them, could find out what was the matter with him, or even give him any relief.

    The Green Fairy Book

  • She nodded toward me and said with her hands: My family name, the name of all the bonesetters.

    The Bonesetter's Daughter

  • She believed the bones from this cave were the reason her family had become famous as bonesetters.

    The Bonesetter's Daughter

  • A good many of the chirurgiens, urinoscopists, bonesetters, physicians, and other healers were donating their time and services as a charity; others came to learn or refine their skills.

    Dragonfly in Amber

  • These bonesetters usually belong to the peasantry and the art has been transmitted in the same families from father to son for many generations.

    Nature Cure

  • Though, none of the bonesetters mentioned the exact number of the practitioners in the area, due to lack of a common union, but they estimated the total number to be above twenty.



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