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Medical Anthropology

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en Limba Engleză Paperback – 16 Oct 2005
Medical anthropology is playing an increasingly important role in public health. This book provides an introduction to the basic concepts, approaches and theories used, and shows how these contribute to understanding complex health related behaviour. Public health policies and interventions are more likely to be effective if the beliefs and behaviour of people are understood and taken into account. The book examines:
  • Concepts of culture
  • Medical systems
  • Patient's experience of illness and treatment
  • The use of medicines and healing practices
  • Public health and medical research
Examples of particular health problems, such as HIV and malaria, are used to show how an anthropological approach can contribute to both a better understanding of health and illness and to more culturally compatible public health measures. Series Editors: Rosalind Plowman and Nicki Thorogood.
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ISBN-13: 9780335218509
ISBN-10: 0335218504
Pagini: 184
Dimensiuni: 171 x 241 x 11 mm
Greutate: 0.34 kg
Editura: McGraw Hill Education
Colecția Open University Press
Locul publicării: United Kingdom


Overview of the book
Anthropology and culture
Anthropological perspectives
Approaches to medical anthropology
Medical systems and medical syncretism
Interpreting and explaining sickness
Situating sickness and health
The relationship between anthropology and biomedicine
Substances of power
Local and global medicines
Cultures, persons, bodies
Medical research
Health interventions as a field of social practice