Health and Healing in Comparative Perspective

Health and Healing in Comparative Perspective

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For medical anthropology, medical sociology, public health, nursing courses. This book looks at both the biological and cultural aspects of health and healing within a comparative framework. This reader provides both fascinating comparative ethnographic detail and a theoretical framework for organizing and interpreting information about health. While there are many health-related fields represented in this book, its core discipline is medical anthropology and its main focus is the comparative approach. Cross-cultural comparison gives anthropological analysis breadth while the evolutionary time scale gives it depth. These two features have always been fundamental to anthropology and continue to distinguish it among the social sciences. A third feature is the in-depth knowledge of culture produced by anthropological methods such as participant-observation, involving long-term presence in and research among a study population.show more

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  • Paperback | 589 pages
  • 200.7 x 251.5 x 27.9mm | 1,065.95g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0131273833
  • 9780131273832

Table of contents

Preface PART ONE: Healers and Healing Traditions Introduction 1. Backing into the Future Charles Leslie 2. Menopause: Lessons from Anthropology Margaret LockHealing Traditions 3. Why Not Call Modern Medicine Alternative? Don G. Bates 4. Concepts of Arthritis in India's Medical Traditions: Ayurvedic and Unani Perspectives Judy F. Pugh 5. Homeopathic Medicine in the City of Oaxaca, Mexico: Patients' Perspectives and Observations Michael B. Whiteford 6. The Epistemology of Traditional Healing Systems Russel BarshPatients and Healers 7. Perturbing the System: "Hard Science", "Soft Science", and Social Science, the Anxiety and Madness of Method Joan Cassell 8. Clown Doctors: Shaman Healers of Western Medicine Linda Miller Van Blerkom 9. Shamanism and Its Discontents Michael Fobes Brown10. Distal Nursing Ruth E. Malone11. Witnessing and the Medical Gaze: How Medical Students Learn to See at a Free Clinic for the Homeless Beverly Ann DavenportPART TWO: Biocultural Approaches Plasticity, Variation, Adaptation12. Living at the Edge of Space Christopher Wills13. The Co-Evolution of People, Plants, and Parasites: Biological and Cultural Adaptations to Malaria Nina L. Etkin14. The Vital Role of the Skin in Human Natural History Bruce A. Cohn15. Why Genes Don't Count (for Racial Differences in Health) Alan H. GoodmanEvolutionary Medicine16. Evolution and the Origins of Disease Randolph M. Nesse and George C. Williams17. Evolutionary Health Promotion S. Boyd Eaton, Beverly I. Strassman, Randolph M. Nesse, James V. Neel, Paul W. Ewald, George C. Williams, Alan B. Weder, Stanley B. Eaton III, Staffan Lindeberg, Melvin J. Konner, Iver Mysterud, and Loren Cordain18. Evolutionary Health Promotion: A Consideration of Common Counterarguments S. Boyd Eaton, Loren Cordain, and Staffan LindebergPrehistory and History of Human Health19. Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases: The Third Epidemiologic Transition Ronald Barrett, Christopher W. Kuzawa, Thomas McDade, and George J. Armelagos20. Health Conditions before Columbus: Paleopathology of Native North Americans Debra L. Martin and Alan H. Goodman21. A Comparison of Health Complaints of Settled and Nomadic Turkana Men Nanette L. Barkey, Benjamin C. Campbell, and Paul W. Leslie22. The Resurgence of Disease: Social and Historical Perspectives on the "New" Tuberculosis Matthew Gandy and Alimuddin Zumla23. Implications of Pandemic Influenza for Bioterrorism Response Monica Schoch-SpanaEcology and Geography of Disease24. Health Implications of Modern Agricultural Transformations: Malaria and Pellagra in Italy Peter J. Brown and Elizabeth D. Whitaker25. Ecology and Ethnomedicine: Exploring Links between Current Environmental Crisis and Indigenous Medical Practices Charles AnyinamPART THREE: Culture-Oriented Approaches Concepts and Perspectives26. Cultural Meaning, Explanations of Illness, and the Development of Comparative Frameworks Linda C. Garro27. The Mindful Body: A Prolegomenon to Future Work in Medical Anthropology Nancy Scheper-Hughes and Margaret M. LockMind-Body-Universe28. Breast Cancer: Reading the Omens Margaret Lock29. Refugee Stress and Folk Belief: Hmong Sudden Deaths Shelley R. Adler30. Deconstructing the Placebo Effect and Finding the Meaning Response Daniel E. Moerman and Wayne B. Jonas31. Possible Efficacy of a Creek Folk Medicine through Skin Absorption: An Object Lesson in Ethnopharmacology Michelle M. Alexander and J. Anthony ParedesExplanatory Models and Social and Politico-Economic Contexts32. Cultural Contexts of Ebola in Northern Uganda Barry S. Hewlett and Richard P. Amola33. Health Beliefs and Folk Models of Diabetes in British Bangladeshis: A Qualitative Study Trisha Greenhalgh, Cecil Helman, and A. Mu'min Chowdhury34. Social Scientists and the "New" Tuberculosis Paul Farmer35. Embodiment of Terror: Gendered Violence in Peacetime and Wartime in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina Maria B. OlujicStigma36. Immigrants from Chernobyl-Affected Areas in Israel: The Link between Health and Social Adjustment L.I. Remennick37. Partner Notification in Context: Swedish and Zambian Experiences Elisabeth A. Faxelid and Kristina M. Ramstedt38. Erasmus, Syphilis, and the Abuse of Stigma Christopher J.M. WhittyRace and Racism39. Under the Shadow of Tuskegee: African Americans and Health Care Vanessa Northington Gamble40. Does Racism Harm Health? Did Child Abuse Exist before 1962? On Explicit Questions, Critical Science, and Current Controversies: An Ecosocial Perspective Nancy Krieger41. Getting the Numbers Right: Statistical Mischief and Racial Profiling in Heart Failure Research Jonathan KahnPART FOUR: Special Topics and Case Studies Contrasting Perspectives on Metabolic Disorders42. The Double Puzzle of Diabetes Jared Diamond43. Ethics, Epidemiology and the Thrifty Gene: Biological Determinism as a Health Hazard Robyn McDermottFood and Food Use44. Eating Dirt Gerald N. Callahan45. Using Drug Foods to Capture and Enhance Labor Performance: A Cross-Cultural Perspective William Jankowiak and Dan Bradburd46. The State of Mind of Vegetarians: Psychological Well-Being or Distress? Marjaana LindemanInfant and Child Health47. Breastfeeding, Breast Cancer, and the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in Anthropological Perspective Elizabeth D. Whitaker48. Growth in Indigenous and Nonindigenous Chilean Schoolchildren from Three Poverty Strata Patricia Bustos, Hugh Amigo, Sergio R. Munoz, and Reynaldo MartorellSex and Gender49. Genders, Sexes, and Health: What Are the Connections, and Why Does It Matter? Nancy Krieger50. Female-Selective Abortion in Asia: Patterns, Policies, and Debates Barbara D. Miller51. Women from Polygamous and Monogamous Marriages in an Out-Patient Psychiatric Clinic Alean Al-Krenawi52. "The Worst Hassle Is You Can't Play Rugby": Haemophilia and Masculinity in New Zealand Julie Park53. Doing Gender, Doing Surgery: Women Surgeons in a Man's Profession Joan CassellBiotechnology and Bioethics54. The Cow Tipping Point David Ehrenfeld55. Keeping an Eye on the Global Traffic in Human Organs Nancy Scheper-Hughes56. Therapeutic and Reproductive Cloning: A Critique Finn BowringReferencesshow more

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