- a person who treats or sets fractures, broken or dislocated bones, or the like, especially one who is not a regular physician or surgeon; healer.
Origin of bonesetter
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Examples from the Web for bonesetter
The counsel of the bonesetter still continued in the countess's mind.
The bonesetter was puzzled by this sudden change in the count's intentions.
I hear that Blaney had to go to Bonesetter Reese this winter for some trouble in his salary wing.Baseball Joe on the Giants
She bows her old head to a voice that speaks to her loudly, her bonesetter, her medicineman: me she slights.Ulysses
But he turned at the last words uttered by the bonesetter, with an almost frenzied motion, and came to him with uplifted dagger.
- a person who sets broken or dislocated bones, esp one who has no formal medical qualifications
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