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A significant update of the 1990 classic state-of-the-art handbook on medical anthropology. With new chapters on AIDS, psychology and emotion, nutrition, and bioethics, the text reflects the changes in medical anthropological theory and practice since the late 1980s. Chapters from the first edition are revised to reflect current trends and to include recent references. This work demonstrates the creative expansion and diversity in the field, amidst efforts to explore the individual sickness experience in the context of local cultures and global political and economic dynamics.

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Documents the contribution of medical anthropologists to the development of a comprehensive theory of therapeutic process that connects therapeutic, political, and spiritual power and to the exploration of body-mind interactions. Sections on areas such as health issues in human populations, methods in medical anthropology, and policy and advocacy look at topics including ethnopharmacology, stress and disease, and the professionalization of indigenous healers. This revised edition highlights the debate between the empiricist orientation and the negotiation of meanings as the key to understanding social life. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313296581
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/23/1996
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 584
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

CAROLYN F. SARGENT is Professor of Anthropology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

THOMAS M. JOHNSON is Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Alabama Medical School.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction
1 The Therapeutic Process 3
2 Political Economy in Medical Anthropology 21
3 A Critical-Interpretive Approach in Medical Anthropology: Rituals and Routines of Discipline and Dissent 41
4 Culture, Emotion, and Psychiatric Disorder 71
5 Clinically Applied Anthropology 88
6 Ethnomedicine 113
7 Ethnopsychiatry 131
8 Ethnopharmacology: The Conjunction of Medical Ethnography and the Biology of Therapeutic Action 151
9 Studying Biomedicine as a Cultural System 165
10 Disease, Ecology, and Human Behavior 183
11 Anthropology and Studies of Human Reproduction 219
12 Alcohol and Drug Studies 235
13 Culture, Stress, and Disease 252
14 Nutrition in Medical Anthropology 272
15 Research Designs in Medical Anthropology 293
16 Epidemiology and Medical Anthropology 325
17 Bioethics in Anthropology: Perspectives on Culture, Medicine, and Morality 349
18 The Professionalization of Indigenous Healers 374
19 International Health: Problems and Programs in Anthropological Perspective 396
References 425
Index 543
About the Editors and Contributors 551
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