The Cultural Context of Health, Illness, and Medicine / Edition 2

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Overview

Distinguished anthropologist George Foster defined the first edition as "a very readable introductory text dealing with the sociocultural aspects of health," adding: "the authors do a commendable job. I have profited from reading The Cultural Context of Health, Illness, and Medicine." With engaging examples, minimal jargon, and updated scholarship, the second edition likewise offers a comprehensive guide to the practice of culturally sensitive health care.

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What People Are Saying

Robert C. Like

"Sobo and Loustaunau have done a splendid job in providing a concise, engaging, informative, and very readable introduction to the fields of medical anthropology and medical sociology. A successful synthesis of socio-behavioral science, health services, and public health knowledge which advances the field and should help to improve the quality of care and health outcomes experienced by our increasingly diverse population. This is a valuable text that I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend for use in undergraduate courses; medical, nursing, and public health schools; and other health professions training programs that are interested in transformative education that makes a difference."

Robert C. Like, MD, MS, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Dr. Madeleine Leininger
"This is a comprehensive book focused on relevant factors that influence health, illness, and well-being from multi-discipline perspectives. It is a unique book to provide health leaders and consumers refreshing new ways to know and understand cultures. It is an essential book to serve cultures in creative and effective ways. The authors provide new and diverse cultural insights about health, illness and wellness that have been woefully missing until the advent of transcultural nursing."
Dr. Madeleine Leininger, Founder of Transcultural Nursing and Leader in Culture Care Theory and Research, Professor of Nursing Emeritus, College of Nursing, Wayne State University, and author of 36 books including Culture Care Diversity and Universality Theory and Two Worlds to Blend

Robert C. Like

"Sobo and Loustaunau have done a splendid job in providing a concise, engaging, informative, and very readable introduction to the fields of medical anthropology and medical sociology. A successful synthesis of socio-behavioral science, health services, and public health knowledge which advances the field and should help to improve the quality of care and health outcomes experienced by our increasingly diverse population. This is a valuable text that I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend for use in undergraduate courses; medical, nursing, and public health schools; and other health professions training programs that are interested in transformative education that makes a difference."

Robert C. Like, MD, MS, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Dr. Madeleine Leininger

"This is a comprehensive book focused on relevant factors that influence health, illness, and well-being from multi-discipline perspectives. It is a unique book to provide health leaders and consumers refreshing new ways to know and understand cultures. It is an essential book to serve cultures in creative and effective ways. The authors provide new and diverse cultural insights about health, illness and wellness that have been woefully missing until the advent of transcultural nursing."

Dr. Madeleine Leininger, Founder of Transcultural Nursing and Leader in Culture Care Theory and Research, Professor of Nursing Emeritus, College of Nursing, Wayne State University, and author of 36 books including Culture Care Diversity and Universality Theory and Two Worlds to Blend

Dr. Madeleine Leininger

"This is a comprehensive book focused on relevant factors that influence health, illness, and well-being from multi-discipline perspectives. It is a unique book to provide health leaders and consumers refreshing new ways to know and understand cultures. It is an essential book to serve cultures in creative and effective ways. The authors provide new and diverse cultural insights about health, illness and wellness that have been woefully missing until the advent of transcultural nursing."

Robert C. Like

"Sobo and Loustaunau have done a splendid job in providing a concise, engaging, informative, and very readable introduction to the fields of medical anthropology and medical sociology. A successful synthesis of socio-behavioral science, health services, and public health knowledge which advances the field and should help to improve the quality of care and health outcomes experienced by our increasingly diverse population. This is a valuable text that I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend for use in undergraduate courses; medical, nursing, and public health schools; and other health professions training programs that are interested in transformative education that makes a difference."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313377853
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 1,089,008
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to Second Edition vii

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 The Concept of Culture 1

Chapter 2 The Health-Related Consequences of Social Structure 14

Chapter 3 Health and Illness Over the Life Course 46

Chapter 4 Therapeutic Modalities: A Cross-Cultural Perspective 73

Chapter 5 Biomedicine: Emergence and Evolution in Cultural Context 111

Chapter 6 Reforming Medicine 145

Chapter 7 Developing Cultural Sensitivity 168

Chapter 8 Putting Ideas into Practice: Complex Contemporary Challenges 190

Appendix A Project and Class Presentation Ideas 221

Appendix B Relevant Web Sites 223

Bibliography 227

Index 255

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