(n.) = healer ; charlatan ; medicine man ; witch doctor ; quack ; faith healer. Ex: Just why a patient should trust a particular healer is a question that has not been adequately explored in the literature on healing. Ex: He is gullible, not very bright, the ready dupe of the charlatan and the demagogue. Ex: The medicine man establishes his suggestive charismatic authority by the performance of a conjuring trick that displays his magical powers. Ex: The gray crowned crane is dwindling in number as witch doctors and poachers illegally take the birds for potions and pets. Ex: This is another example of how quacks are ignorant not only of physics, but also of psychology. Ex: The Philippines is renowned for its faith healers, who often perform surgery without knives.