Exploring Medical Anthropology

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This widely adopted text is a concise and engaging introduction to the field that presents competing theoretical perspectives in a balanced fashion, highlighting points of conflict and convergence.

Written in an accessible, jargon-free language, Exploring Medical Anthropology¿s concise length leaves room for instructors to supplement it with monographs of their own choosing. Concrete cases and the author¿s personal research experiences are utilized to explain some of the discipline¿s most important insights; such as that biology and culture matter equally in the human experience of disease and that medical anthropology can help to alleviate human suffering.   An extensive glossary facilitates student learning of concepts and terms, while a list of suggested readings at the end of each chapter and an extensive bibliography encourage further exploration.

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This widely adopted text is a concise and engaging introduction to the field that presents competing theoretical perspectives in a balanced fashion, highlighting points of conflict and convergence. Written in an accessible, jargon-free language, Exploring Medical Anthropology¿s concise length leaves room for instructors to supplement...

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Written in an accessible, jargon-free language,Exploring Medical Anthropology's concise length leaves room for instructors to supplement it with monographs of their own choosing. Concrete cases and the author's personal research experiences are used to explain four of the discipline's most important insights: 1) that biology and cultur...

Donald Joralemon is professor of anthropology at Smith College.  He received his BA from Oberlin College (1974) and his MA and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles (1983).  He is the author of Exploring Medical Anthropology (1999, third edition 2010) and the coauthor (with Douglas Sharon) of Sorcery and Shamanism: Curande...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.5 inPublished:August 24, 2009Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1   What's So Cultural About Disease?
            Culture in Medicine
            Development of Medical Anthropology
            Medical Anthropology Today
            Summary: Placing Medical Anthropology Among the Social Sciences of Medicine
            Suggested Readings
            Notes
Chapter 2   Anthropological Questions and Methods in the Study of Sickness and Healing
            Studying Shamans in Peru
            Studying Medicine in the United States
            Summary: The Anthropological Vision
            Suggested Readings
            Notes
Chapter 3: Recognizing Biological, Social and Cultural Interconnections: Evolutionary and Ecological Perspectives on a Cholera Epidemic
            Thinking About Epidemics
            History and Biology of Cholera
            Epidemiological Accounts of Peru's Cholera Epidemic
            Evolution and the Ecological Framework
            Cholera and the Evolutionary Framework
            Medical Anthropology Embraces the Ecological/Evolutionary Model
            Suggested Readings
            Notes
Chapter 4  Expanding the Vision of Medical Anthropology: Critical and Interpretive Views of the Cholera Epidemic
            Political-Economy of Cholera
            Political-Economic vs. Ecological/Evolutionary Perspectives
            Interpretive View of Cholera
            Taking a Broader, Inclusive Perspective
            Suggested Readings
            Notes
Chapter 5 The Global Petri Dish
            Transitions
            SARS: The First Global Epidemic of the 21st Century
            One Health Ecology
            Further Complications: The Threat of Bioterrorism
            Suggested Readings
            Notes
Chapter 6  Healers and the Healing Professions
            Healing Roles: Organizing the Diversity
            Authority of Healers
            Authority in the Folk Health Sector: Position of  Peruvian Curanderos
            Authority in the Professional Health Care Sector: Case of Biomedicine
            Challenges to Biomedical Authority
            Authority of Biomedicine in Non-Western Countries
            Conclusion
            Suggested Readings
            Notes
Chapter 7  Applying Medical Anthropology
            Medical Anthropology in International Development: A Brief History
            Work of Applied Medical Anthropologists in International Contexts
            Applying Medical Anthropology in the United States
            Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Applied Anthropology Under Attack
            Personal Reflections
            Suggested Readings
            Notes
Chapter 8: Anthropology and Medical Ethics
            Medical Ethics: A Comparative Framework
            Medical Ethics Beyond Biomedicine
            Development of Bioethics in the United States
            Social Sciences and Bioethics
            Social Science: Out of the Closet
            Suggested Readings
            Notes
Chapter 9: Body, Self and Biotechnologies
            Cross-Cultural Views of the Self
            The Stem Cell Debate
            ¿Baby¿ Pictures
            Rights, Death and the Autonomous Self
            Conclusion
            Suggested Readings
            Notes
Chapter 10: A Look Back and a Glance Ahead
            Advantages of Medical Anthropology
            Thinking Anthropologically about HIV/AIDS
            Future Directions in Medical Anthropology
            Academic and Professional Career Paths Related to Medical Anthropology
            Conclusion
            Suggested Readings
            Notes
Glossary
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