9780750647861

Culture, Health and Illness

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  • ISBN13:

    9780750647861

  • ISBN10:

    0750647868

  • Edition: 4th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/10/2000
  • Publisher: Hodder Education Publishers
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Summary

Culture, Health and Illness is an introduction to the role of cultural and social factors in health and disease, showing how an understanding of these factors can improve medical care and health education. The book demonstrates how different cultural, social or ethnic groups explain the causes of ill health, the types of treatment they believe in, and to whom they would turn if they were ill. It discusses the relationship of these beliefs and practices to the instance of certain diseases, both physical and psychological. This new edition has been extended and modernized with new material added to every chapter. In addition, there is a new chapter on 'new research methods in medical anthropology', and the book in now illustrated where appropriate. Anyone intending to follow a career in medicine, allied health, nursing or counseling will benefit from reading this book at an early stage in their career

Table of Contents

Preface to the fourth edition vii
Introduction: the scope of medical anthropology
1(11)
Cultural definitions of anatomy and physiology
12(20)
Diet and nutrition
32(18)
Caring and curing: the sectors of health care
50(29)
Doctor-patient interactions
79(29)
Gender and reproduction
108(20)
Pain and culture
128(8)
Culture and pharmacology
136(20)
Ritual and the management of misfortune
156(14)
Cross-cultural psychiatry
170(32)
Cultural aspects of stress
202(16)
Cultural factors in epidemiology
218(12)
Medical anthropology and global health
230(35)
New research methods in medical anthropology
265(7)
Appendix: Clinical questionnaires 272(8)
References 280(27)
Author index 307(8)
Subject index 315

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