Medical Anthropology And African American Health / Edition 1

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The field of medical anthropology is a discipline that incorporates the perspective of a wide range of approaches—from anthropologists, sociologists, epidemiologists, physicians, nurses, public health administrators, biologists, and many others, including the general public—to health care. This approach places culture and cultural relativism at the forefront and center of every model, and examines the ethics and fairness of health care issues associated with the African American population.

The author examines data on mortality, census, preventive health, alternative medical practices, clinical research, and intervention from a comprehensive perspective. Finally, fieldwork in a public health department setting provides the medical anthropologist with a unique opportunity to investigate cultural and health issues of a particular population in a public health setting. The author explains the steps and procedures for conducting an applied medical anthropological study, based on his experience doing fieldwork projects over the past 15 years.

The field of medical anthropology is a discipline that incorporates the perspectives of a wide range of approaches to healthcare. Because of this, culture and cultural relativism are placed at the forefront and center, requiring an examination of ethics and fairness in healthcare issues associated with the African American population.

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Bailey, a medical anthropologist with the US Department of Health and Human Services, offers a teaching text and resource guide for students, professionals, researchers, and general readers, explaining the relationship of culture to African American health care issues. Major emphasis is on a cultural relativistic approach to health care assessment, intervention, and implementation programs designed for African Americans. Chapters are in sections on medical anthropology and culture and ethnic population health issues, African American health care, how to do medical anthropological fieldwork, and medical anthropology case studies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897895927
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 270
  • Lexile: 1390L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

ERIC J. BAILEY is Medical Anthropologist with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Table of Contents

I Medical Anthropology, Culture and Ethnic Populations Health Issues 1
1 Medical Anthropology and Health Care 3
2 Ethnic Populations in the United States: Health Beliefs and Treatment Actions 19
II African American Health Care 45
3 African American Health Care: A Cultural Relativistic Perspective 47
4 African American Health Care: A Health Data and Current Research Studies Perspective 61
5 African American Alternative Medical Practices 89
III How to Do Medical Anthropological Fieldwork 107
6 Strategies for Applied Medical Anthropology Health Care Research 109
IV Medical Anthropology Case Studies: Clinic, Community and Public Health Settings 133
7 Fieldwork in a Cardiopulmonary Clinic 135
8 Psychosociocultural Stress and African American Women 143
9 Fieldwork in a Detroit Hospital 149
10 A Needs Assessment of a Prenatal Intervention Program 157
11 Culturally Competent Health Screening Programs 169
12 The Diabetic Patient's Adaptation to Outpatient Clinic 177
13 HIV/AIDS Counseling and the African American Community 189
14 A Community's Perception of the Health Care System: Issues of Equity 205
V Culture and Health: The Future of African American Health Care Research 223
15 Cultural Health Care Strategies for African Americans 225
Index 251
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