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Culture, Health and Illness
An Introduction for Health Professionals
1st Edition - February 23, 1984
Author: Cecil Helman
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Culture, Health and Illness: An Introduction for Health Professionals covers basic ideas and research in medical anthropology. The book starts by discussing the scope of medical… Read more
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Culture, Health and Illness: An Introduction for Health Professionals covers basic ideas and research in medical anthropology. The book starts by discussing the scope of medical anthropology and the cultural definitions of anatomy and physiology, including the body structure and its functions. The text describes the clinical significance of food in diet and nutrition, social and cultural aspects of medical pluralism and health care. Doctor-patient interactions; social, psychological and cultural factors associated with pain; and non-pharmacological influences of medication, in relation to placebos, psychotropic and narcotic drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are also considered. The book then covers the type of rituals that relate to health and illness and the management of misfortune. The text also encompasses transcultural psychiatry, the cultural aspects of stress, and cultural factors in epidemiology. The selection is useful to health professions (doctors, nurses, midwives, health visitors, medical social workers, and nutritionists); those involved in health education or foreign medical aid; undergraduate students taking up these disciplines; and those studying anthropology or sociology.
1 Introduction: The Scope of Medical Anthropology2 Cultural Definitions of Anatomy and Physiology3 Diet and Nutrition4 Caring and Curing5 Doctor-Patient Interactions6 Pain and Culture7 Culture and Pharmacology8 Ritual and the Management of Misfortune9 Transcultural Psychiatry10 Cultural Aspects of Stress11 Cultural Factors in EpidemiologyAppendix: Clinical QuestionnairesReferencesIndex