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A person, especially one who is not a licensed physician, who sets broken or dislocated bones.
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(Professions) a person who sets broken or dislocated bones, esp one who has no formal medical qualifications
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(ˈboʊnˌsɛt ər)

a person, usu. not a licensed physician, skilled at setting broken or dislocated bones.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bonesetter - someone (not necessarily a licensed physician) who sets broken bones
caregiver, health care provider, health professional, PCP, primary care provider - a person who helps in identifying or preventing or treating illness or disability
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Aftermath the accident, the victim, a member of Deeper Life Ministry, was reportedly taken to a native bonesetter around Iyana Ejigbo, but for the past one and a half years, the man has been bedridden.
According to a press release issued here on Wednesday, the PHC teams during the last two days had sealed 24 businesses which included 19 general quacks, two homeopaths and one each fake dentist, maternity home and bonesetter. At 19centres, quacks were posing as general physicians, which included Tauheed Clinic and Medical Store, Khawaja Clinic, Abdul Rasheed Dispensary, Shafiq Clinic, Abbas Clinic and Hafiz Pharmacy, Zahid Clinic, Bhatti Clinic, Rizwan Clinic and Allah Nawaz Clinic, Javaid Medical Centre, Wajid Clinic, Saif Clinic, Zahra Medical Centre, Eman Clinic, Al-Shafi Dawakhana, Sajjad Clinic, Qamar Clinic, Naveed Clinic, Barkat Clinic and Abdur Razzaq Clinic.
The patient was previously treated by the local bonesetter. On physical examination, the elbow was stiff in 40 degrees of flexion.
Tan spent six years penning the epic The Valley of Amazement and five years writing the libretto for the opera based on The Bonesetter's Daughter.
A titolo meramente esemplificativo, si pensi a quanto avvenuto nell'Inghilterra del XVII e del XVIII secolo, allor quando si affermo una pratica eseguita da alcuni individui noti come "bonesetter", i cui presupposti "teorici" erano riconducibili alla pseudoscientifica convinzione in base alla quale "ossa piccole" potessero andare temporaneamente fuori posto, e che il rumore conseguente alla manipolazione fosse, di contro, un chiaro indizio del fatto che tali ossa fossero tornate nella loro posizione originaria (3).
His father had been a 'bonesetter' in Scotland and taught him well.
A visit to the African bonesetter includes considerable risk of permanent injury.
AN ancient hand made remedy to heal chronic muscle pain and fractured bones, founded by a nineteenth century Gwynedd bonesetter is in demand across the world.
Known as a "mujaber" or bonesetter, Sulaiman is one of many traditional doctors in Yemen offering alternative, and cheaper, orthopedic treatment.
Although most of her books after "Joy Luck"including "The Kitchen God's Wife," "The Hundred Secret Senses," "Saving Fish from Drowning," "The Bonesetter's Daughter" and the latest, "The Valley of Amazement" were based on her mother's stories and some personal experiences, Tan stressed that they were fictional.
ALL DAY LONG at the Forge, the doorbell rings, and so does the phone (actually, it trumpets the opening of The Bonesetter's Daughter; the opera based on the novel by his friend Amy Tan).
These narratives are not exceptional; consumption practices appear commonly as conduits for ethnic pride in Asian/North American literature, for instance when Jessica Hagedorn's Rio revels in the private meals shared with her grandmother in Dogeaters or when Amy Tan's Ruth evokes food memories of spicy la-la turnips in The Bonesetter's Daughter.