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Witch doctor
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Witch doctor

A witch doctor often refers to healers in primitive regions of the world or highly developed ones that believe in the healing power of magic as opposed to science or developed medicine.

The term witch doctor is generally used with negative connotations. It often is used to imply that the person trying to heal has little or no expertise or ability in healthcare.

Witch doctor is often used in anthropology to mean a shamanistic healer, especially among African peoples.

See also: sorcerer, prophet