Health and Healing in Comparative Perspective

ISBN-10: 0131273833

ISBN-13: 9780131273832

Edition: 2005

Authors: Elizabeth D. Whitaker

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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. The first part of the book explores healing systems in different cultures; the second and third provide a strong grounding in evolutionary and culture-oriented analysis, making clear the connections between biology and culture as they affect health; the final part emphasizes case studies that apply the theoretical principles presented earlier to particular health topics. For medical anthropology, medical sociology, public health, nursing, and medical training professionals.
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Book details

List price: $125.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/21/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 589
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

Preface
Healers and Healing Traditions
Introduction
Backing into the Future
Menopause: Lessons from Anthropology Healing Traditions
Why not Call Modern Medicine ldquo;Alternativerdquo;?
Concepts of Arthritis in Indiarsquo;s Medical Traditions: Ayurvedic and Unani Perspectives
Cultural Studies of Biomedicine: an Agenda for Research
Good Homeopathic Medicine in the City of Oaxaca, Mexico: Patientsrsquo; Perspectives and Observations
The Epistemology of Traditional Healing Systems Patients and Healers
Perturbing the System: ldquo;Hard Science,rdquo; ldquo;Soft Science,rdquo; and Social Science, the Anxiety and Madness of Method
Clown Doctors: Shaman Healers of Western Medicine
Shamanism and its Discontents
Distal Nursing
Witnessing and the Medical Gaze: How Medical Students Learn to See at a Free Clinic for the Homeless
Biocultural Approaches Adaptation, Variation, Plasticity
Living at the Edge of Space
The Co-Evolution of People, Plants, and Parasites: Biological and Cultural Adaptations to Malaria
The Vital Role of the Skin in Human Natural History
Why Genes Donrsquo;t Count (for Racial Differences in Health) Evolutionary Medicine
Evolution and the Origins of Disease
Evolutionary Health Promotion
Evolutionary Health Promotion: a Consideration of Common Counterarguments Prehistory and History of Human Health
Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases: the Third Epidemiologic Transition
Health Conditions before Columbus: Paleopathology of Native North Americans
A Comparison of Health Complaints of Settled and Nomadic Turkana Men
The Resurgence of Disease: Social and Historical Perspectives on the ldquo;Newrdquo; Tuberculosis
Implications of Pandemic Influenza for Bioterrorism Response Ecology and Geography of Disease
Health Implications of Modern Agricultural Transformations: Malaria and Pellagra in Italy
Global Climate Change and Emerging Infectious Diseases
Ecology and Ethnomedicine: Exploring Links between Current Environmental Crisis and Indigenous Medical Practices
Culture-Oriented Approaches Concepts and Perspectives
Cultural Meaning, Explanations of Illness, and the Development of Comparative Frameworks
The Mindful Body: a Prolegomenon to Future Work in Medical Anthropology Mind-Body-Universe
Breast Cancer: Reading the Omens
Refugee Stress and Folk Belief: Hmong Sudden Deaths
Deconstructing the Placebo Effect and Finding the Meaning Response
Possible Efficacy of a Creek Folk Medicine through Skin Absorption: an Object Lesson in Ethnopharmacology Explanatory Models and Social and Politico-Economic Contexts
Cultural Contexts of Ebola in Northern Uganda
Health Beliefs and Folk Models of Diabetes in British Bangladeshis: a Qualitative Study
Social Scientists and the New Tuberculosis
Embodiment of Terror: Gendered Violence in Peacetime and Wartime in Croatia a
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