Culture, Health and Illness

ISBN-10: 0340914505

ISBN-13: 9780340914502

Edition: 5th 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Cecil G. Helman

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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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Book details

Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: CRC Press LLC
Publication date: 1/26/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.838
Language: English

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
Doctor-patient Interactions
Gender and Reproduction
Pain and Culture
Culture and Pharmacology: Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco
Ritual and the Management of Misfortune
Cross-cultural Psychiatry
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
Author Index
Subject Index
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