From aralu to ORS: Sinhalese perceptions of digestion, diarrhea, and dehydration

Mark Nichter

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This paper explores popular Sinhalese perceptions of diarrheal diseases and related health care behavior. Also addressed are cultural interpretations of dehydration and perceptions of oral rehydration solution (ORS). The social marketing of ORS is considered. It is suggested that the marketing of ORS be more closely linked to education programs which promote appropriate conceptualization of dehydration. The need to more closely integrate nutrition education and diarrheal management programs is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-52
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


  • diarrhea
  • medical anthropology
  • oral rehydration
  • social marketing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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