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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.
|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|