Medicine, Rationality and Experience: An Anthropological Perspective

Medicine, Rationality and Experience: An Anthropological Perspective

by Byron J. Good
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521415586

ISBN-13: 9780521415583

Pub. Date: 11/26/1993

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Biomedicine is often thought to provide a universal, scientific account of the human body and illness. In this view, non-Western and folk medical systems are regarded as systems of "belief" and subtly discounted. This is an impoverished perspective for understanding illness and healing across cultures, one that neglects many facets of Western medical practice and…  See more details below

Overview

Biomedicine is often thought to provide a universal, scientific account of the human body and illness. In this view, non-Western and folk medical systems are regarded as systems of "belief" and subtly discounted. This is an impoverished perspective for understanding illness and healing across cultures, one that neglects many facets of Western medical practice and obscures its kinship with healing in other traditions. Drawing on his research in several American and Middle Eastern medical settings, Professor Good develops a critical, anthropological account of medical knowledge and practice. He shows how physicians and healers enter and inhabit distinctive worlds of meaning and experience. He explores how stories or illness narratives are joined with bodily experience in shaping and responding to human suffering. And he argues that moral and aesthetic considerations are present in routine medical practice as in other forms of healing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521415583
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/26/1993
Series:
Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures Series, #1990
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Foreword
Preface
1Medical anthropology and the problem of belief1
2Illness representations in medical anthropology: a reading of the field25
3How medicine constructs its objects65
4Semiotics and the study of medical reality88
5The body, illness experience, and the lifeworld: a phenomenological account of chronic pain116
6The narrative representation of illness135
7Aesthetics, rationality, and medical anthropology166
Notes185
References208
Author Index234
Subject Index239

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