Understanding and Applying Medical Anthropology

Understanding and Applying Medical Anthropology

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By (author) Peter Brown, By (author) Ron Barrett

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  • Publisher: McGraw Hill Higher Education
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 213mm x 272mm x 20mm | 771g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0073405388
  • ISBN 13: 9780073405384
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 491,324

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This collection of 49 readings with extensive background description exposes students to the breadth of theoretical perspectives and issues in the field of medical anthropology. The text provides specific examples and case studies of research as it is applied to a range of health settings: from cross-cultural clinical encounters to cultural analysis of new biomedical technologies to the implementation of programs in global health settings.

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Peter J. Brown teaches at Emory University. He is a professor in the Department of Anthropology, Emory College of Arts and Sciences and also a professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health. Ron Barrett is a medical anthropologist and assistant professor at Emory University. His research interests concern the social dynamics of infectious diseases, religious healing, and decision-making at the end of life in both India and the United States

Table of contents

* indicates new to the Second Edition To the Instructor To the Student Part I. Understanding Medical Anthropology: Biosocial and Cultural Approaches 1.Peter J. Brown, Ronald L. Barrett, Mark B. Padilla, and Erin P. Finley, Medical Anthropology: An Introduction to the Fields Biosocial Approaches Evolution, Health and Medicine 2.S. Boyd Eaton, Marjorie Shostak, and Melvin Konner, Stone Agers in the Fast Lane: Chronic Degenerative Diseases in Evolutionary Perspective 3.*R. Nesse, Culture and Medicine: How is Darwinian Medicine Useful? Human Biological Variation 4.*Barry Bogin, The Tall and the Short of It 5.*Alan Goodman, Why Genes Don't Count (For Racial Differences in Health) 6.*Nina Jabolonski and George Chaplin, Skin Deep Bioarchaeology and the History of Health 7.George Armelagos, Health and Disease in Prehistoric Populations in Transition 8.Thomas McKeown, Determinants of Health Cultural Approaches Cultural and Political Ecologies of Disease 9.Peter J. Brown, Cultural Adaptations to Endemic Malaria in Sardinia 10.Paul Farmer, Social Inequalities and Emerging Infectious Disease 11.*Merrill Singer, Why is it Easier to Get Drugs than Drug Treatment in the United States? Ethnomedicine and Healers 12.George M. Foster, Disease Etiologies in Non-Western Medical Systems 13.Melvin Konner, Transcendental Medication 14.*Dan W. Blumhagen, The Doctor's White Coat: The Image of the Physician in Modern America Belief and Healing 15.Claude Levi-Strauss, The Sorcerer and His Magic 16.*Daniel Moerman, Doctors and Patients: The Role of Clinicians in the Placebo Effect 17.Robert A. Hahn, The Nocebo Phenomenon: Concept, Evidence, and implications for Public Health The Meaning and Experience of Illness 18.Nancy E. Waxler, Learning to Be a Leper: A Case Study in the Social Construction of Illness 19.*Linda M. Hunt, Strategic Suffering: Illness Narratives as Social Empowerment among Mexican Cancer Patients 20.Robert F. Murphy, The Damaged Self Biomedicine, Technology, and the Body 21.Rayna Rapp, Accounting for Amniocentesis 22.*Marcia Inhorn, Religion and Reproductive Technologies 23.*Carrie Friese, Gay Becker, and Robert Nachtigall, Rethinking the Biological Clock: Eleventh Hour Moms, Miracle Moms, and the Meanings of Age-Related Infertility 24.*Margaret Lock, Inventing a New Death and Making it Believable Culture, Illness, and Mental Health 25.Arthur Kleinman, Do Psychiatric Disorders Differ in Different Cultures? 26.Arthur J. Rubel, The Epidemiology of a Folk Illness: Susto in Hispanic America 27.*Chikako Ozawa-DeSilva, Seeking to Escape the Suffering of Existence: Internet Suicide in Japan Part II. Applying Medical Anthropology Case Studies in Explanatory Models 28.W. Dressler, Ethnomedical Beliefs and Patient Adherence to a Treatment Regimen: A St. Lucien Example 29.Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on work by Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts and Efrain Reisin, Health Beliefs and Compliance with Prescribed Medication for Hypertension Among Black Women - New Orleans 1985-86 Working with the Culture of Biomedicine 30.*Thomas Johnson, Anthropology and the World of Physicians 31.Elois Ann Berlin and William C. Fowkes, Jr., A Teaching Framework for Cross-Cultural Health Care 32.*Janelle S. Taylor, Confronting "Culture" In Medicine's "Culture of No Culture" 33. Arthur Kleinman and Peter Benson, Anthropology in the Clinic: The Problem of Cultural Competency and How to fix it Ethnicity and Health Care 34.Robert T. Trotter, II, A Case of Lead Poisoning from Folk Remedies in Mexican American Communities 35.Merrill Singer, Freddie Valentin, Hans Baer, and Zhongke Jia, Why Does Juan Garcia Have a Drinking Problem? The Perspective of Critical Medical Anthropology 36.*Leandris Liburd, Apophia Namageyo-Funa, Leonard Jack, Understanding "Masculinity" and the Challenges of Managing Type-2 Diabetes among African-American Men Stigma and Coping with Chronic Illness 37.Gaylene Becker, Coping with Stigma: Lifelong Adaptation of Deaf People 38.Marcia C. Inhorn, Genital Herpes: An Ethnographic Inquiry into Being Discreditable in American Society 39.*Ronald Barrett and Peter J. Brown, Stigma in the Time of Influenza: Social and Institutional Responses to Pandemic Emergencies 40.Paul Farmer and Arthur Kleinman, AIDS as Human Suffering Gender and Health 41.Emily Martin, Medical Metaphors of Women's Bodies: Menstruation and Menopause 42.Candace West, Turn-Taking in Doctor-Patient Dialogues 43.Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Culture, Scarcity, and Maternal Thinking: Maternal Detachment and Infant Survival in a Brazilian Shantytown Culture and Nutrition: Fat and Thin 44.Katherine A. Dettwyler, The Biocultural Approach in Nutritional Anthropology: Case Studies of Malnutrition in Mali 45.Peter J. Brown and Melvin Konner, An Anthropological Perspective on Obesity Global Health Issues and Programs 46.Mark Nichter and Elizabeth Cartwright, Saving the Children for the Tobacco Industry 47.Carl Kendall, Dennis Foote, and Reynaldo Martorell, Ethnomedicine and Oral Rehydration Therapy: A Case Study of Ethnomedical Investigation and Program Planning 48.*Edward C Green, New Challenges to the AIDS Prevention Paradigm References Credits Index