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Table 1 Categories of diseases treated with zootherapeutic remedies in Northeast Brazil, according to the Brazilian Centre of Diseases Classification and the number of species used per category.

From: Fauna used in popular medicine in Northeast Brazil

Categories of diseases Number of medicinal animals
Some infections and parasitic diseases 58
Respiratory system 132
Digestive system 38
Undefined illnesses 71
External causes of morbidity and mortality 45
Osteomuscular system and conjunctive tissue 71
Injuries, poisoning and other consequences of external causes 77
Urinogenital system 19
Circulatory system 64
Skin and subcutaneous tissue 44
Nervous system 27
Neoplasias (tumours) 12
Ear (middle and inner ear) and mastoid apophysis 32
Blood and haematopoeitic organs, and some disorders of the immune system 4
Pregnancy, parturition, and puerperium 7
Symptoms, signs, and abnormal findings from medical and laboratorial examination, not categorized in other part or section 9
Mental and behavioral perturbations 12
Diseases of the endocrine glands, metabolism and nutrition 3
Ophthalmological diseases 13
Congenital malformations, deformities and cromossomic abnormalities 2