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Freud probably never participated in a sweat lodge ceremony, or he would have had quite a bit to say about it. There was something distinctly oedipal about the medicine woman’s description of the ceremony: “The sweat lodge,” she said, “is like the womb of Mother Earth.”

Unlike the more conventional conferences I’d attended in the past, this one—for integrative medicine—was open not just to physicians, but to practitioners of all persuasion, some more esoteric than others.

J Clin Psychiatry 2007;68(1):165-166