Culture, Health and Illness
Edition: 5th 2007 (Revised)
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Description: he fifth edition of this established textbook meets the ever-growing need for a clear starting point in understanding the clinical significance of cultural and social factors in how health and ill-health are manifested, and how health problems can be prevented and alleviated. Essential reading for students of medicine, nursing, health education, international health, and medical anthropology, the book addresses the complex interactions between health, illness and culture by setting out anthropological theory in a highly readable, jargon-free style and integrating this with the practice of health care using real-life examples and case histories. Fully revised throughout, the fifth edition has expanded its coverage of topics that are challenging both the patient and the carer's understanding of health and illness: genetics, chronic disease, drug-resistant infection and medical technology. Migration medicine now receives stronger emphasis and the author has increased coverage of 'the language of distress', a complex topic that is central to the doctor-patient relationship. Truly international in scope, by an author who has practised medicine in England and South Africa, Culture, Health & Illness is extremely well supported by empirical examples and case histories drawn from his own experience and the published literature to make it instantly relevant to all health practitioners wishing to develop a better understanding of their patients and their patients' attitudes to health and illness.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: CRC Press LLC
Publication date: 1/26/2007
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.50" long x 1.00" tall
|Introduction: The Scope of Medical Anthropology|
|The Body: Cultural Definitions of Anatomy and Physiology|
|Diet and Nutrition|
|Caring and Curing: The Sectors of Health Care|
|Gender and Reproduction|
|Pain and Culture|
|Culture and Pharmacology: Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco|
|Ritual and the Management of Misfortune|
|Cultural Aspects of Stress and Suffering|
|Migration, Globalization and Health|
|Telemedicine and the Internet|
|New Bodies, New Selves: Genetics and Biotechnology|
|Cultural Factors in Epidemiology|
|The AIDS Pandemic|
|Tropical Diseases: Malaria and Leprosy|
|Medical Anthropology and Global Health|
|New Research Methods in Medical Anthropology|
|Appendix: Journals and Websites|