Talk:Aztec medicine

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This article consists of three paragraphs; this page fails to explain an entire civilizations medical knowledge. Please support wikipedia project traditional medicine, and help create comprehensive coverage of all known Aztec medicinal practices. CensoredScribe (talk) 05:23, 5 September 2013 (UTC)


I do not believe that patzin is an authentic or attested term used to describe medicinal practices and beliefs for Aztec / Nahua peoples. Instead, it appears to be a term more or less invented and exclusively used by New Age / neoshamanistic practitioner, Patrisia Gonzales. Her descriptions of what "respect-worthy medicine" entails is AFAIK largely her own interpretation/synthesis, not any actual scholarly description of medicinal beliefs and practices among nahuatl-speaking peoples, past or present.

The term is presumably constructed as an amalgam of the honorific or diminuitive affix -tzin with the 1st syllable of pa(h)tli, a nahuatl word that can mean "medicine". I don't think it'd be a correct formation, I gather for such an intended meaning it'd be more correctly pahtzintli, that's at least a term that is found in some of the sources, eg Ruiz de Alarcón's Treatise on the heathen superstitions that today live among the Indians.. (though not quite with the same baggage/interpretation that Gonzales' writings give it).

In any case, I would not regard Gonzales or the ext links given as sources for the content here as being WP:RS for actual aztec/nahua medicine.

It's a valid enough topic, but I don't think the present content, sources or terminology passes muster. Propose to just rename this as Aztec medicine or similar, & replace the content with something based on more reliable sources.--cjllw ʘ TALK 03:48, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

Agree completely. There is a lot of reliable sources on real Aztec medicine.·Maunus·ƛ· 12:08, 6 August 2009 (UTC)
I tried to be bold and move it to Aztec medicine but that's a redirect to Aztec society so I couldn't. ·Maunus·ƛ· 12:44, 6 August 2009 (UTC)
Thx for the confirmations. I've deleted the rdir target and now moved this article to Aztec medicine. Will commence on replacing the content with something more in tune with the actual topic, and add in a couple of more reliable sources as a start.--cjllw ʘ TALK 23:02, 6 August 2009 (UTC)