The untold story--the stories of Ethiopian women

Galit Erez, Michal Shani

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The immigration of Ethiopian Jews to Israel posed new challenges to their family physicians. The gaps in health beliefs between the Ethiopian immigrants and western medicine culture imposed difficulties on the work of the medical team. Somatization is common among Ethiopian immigrants. In this article the authors present the stories of three Ethiopian women who immigrated to Israel during the last decade. They presented many different complaints, with no medical explanations. Their stories illuminate personal, social and cultural concepts which characterize these women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)975-977, 1030
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2008


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