Medicine and Culture: Revised Edition / Edition 1

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A classic comparative study of medicine and national culture, Medicine and Culture shows us that while doctors regard themselves as servants of science, they are often prisoners of custom.

Describes cultural biases, differences in approach to treatments and use of medicines, use of clinical trials, etc

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We have been so conditioned to believe that medical science is objective and unbiased that we rarely question decisions made by our dcotors. Lynn Payer shows that medical decisions may not be as clearcut as we think. Using case examples from France, Germany, England and the U.S., she shows that the same condition may result in different diagnosis, and that even the same diagnosis may be treated in very different ways. These differences are not due to ill-trained doctors or backward practices, but rather to differing cultural approaches to health and illness. Realizing that cultural bias does influence medical judgement makes it easier to question your doctor's decisions without questioning his motives. It also makes you realize that there are viable medical options available which are common practice in other countries and are not considered part of the lunatic fringe.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805048032
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 635,081
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Payer, a former editor for the New York Times Good Health magazine, writes extensively about medical issues for doctors as well as for the general public. She lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the Owl Books Edition: The More Things Change ...
Is Medicine International? 15
Culture Bias in Medical Science 23
France: Cartesian Thinking and the Terrain 35
West Germany: The Lingering Influences of Romanticism 74
Great Britain: Economy, Empiricism, and Keeping the Upper Lip Stiff 101
United States: The Virus in the Machine 124
Plus Ca Change ... 153
Notes 157
Acknowledgments 193
Index 195
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