The Cultural Context Of Health, Illness, And Medicine

by Martha O. Loustaunau

Bergin & Garvey | November 1, 1997 | Trade Paperback

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Summarizing the vast literature on culture and caring in a lively and jargon-free fashion, sociologist Martha O. Loustaunau and anthropologist Elisa J. Sobo introduce readers to the practice of culturally sensitive health care. With engaging examples, they describe the special approaches sociologists and anthropologists take to health, clearly illustrating the main concepts used in the two fields. Loustaunau and Sobo demonstrate the ways in which cultural and social factors shape medicine and health care. After a discussion of culture, the social structure and the impact of poverty, class, gender, and family patterns on health, illness and care-seeking, they explain the similarities and differences of medical systems cross-culturally. The authors call for a more flexible and culturally sensitive system of health care that expresses caring in more holistic ways, and offer examples as to how this might be accomplished in the increasingly multicultural USA.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 232 pages, 9.22 × 6.03 × 0.67 in

Published: November 1, 1997

Publisher: Bergin & Garvey

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0897895487

ISBN - 13: 9780897895484

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The Cultural Context Of Health, Illness, And Medicine

by Martha O. Loustaunau

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 232 pages, 9.22 × 6.03 × 0.67 in

Published: November 1, 1997

Publisher: Bergin & Garvey

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0897895487

ISBN - 13: 9780897895484

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Summarizing the vast literature on culture and caring in a lively and jargon-free fashion, sociologist Martha O. Loustaunau and anthropologist Elisa J. Sobo introduce readers to the practice of culturally sensitive health care. With engaging examples, they describe the special approaches sociologists and anthropologists take to health, clearly illustrating the main concepts used in the two fields. Loustaunau and Sobo demonstrate the ways in which cultural and social factors shape medicine and health care. After a discussion of culture, the social structure and the impact of poverty, class, gender, and family patterns on health, illness and care-seeking, they explain the similarities and differences of medical systems cross-culturally. The authors call for a more flexible and culturally sensitive system of health care that expresses caring in more holistic ways, and offer examples as to how this might be accomplished in the increasingly multicultural USA.

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"The authors use no jargon and require little or no background in the social sciences to achieve an understanding of health and illness from a social science perspective. General readers and undergraduates."-Choice
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