Carrithers - Chapter 04
The heart of the paper is a contrast in rhetorical styles between a
Ju/'hoan San psychic healer in Namibia and a big-city cancer doctor in
Texas. Classical allusions to Charon and the Styx reinforce the ritual,
performative and persuasion- centred nature of the analysis. The twist
near the end, discovered late in the game by those keeping the
chronicle, was that the cancer doctor was also a student of philosophy
who viewed euthanasia positively.