ISBN-10:
0759120897
ISBN-13:
9780759120891
Pub. Date:
11/03/2011
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Introducing Medical Anthropology: A Discipline in Action / Edition 2

Introducing Medical Anthropology: A Discipline in Action / Edition 2

by Merrill Singer, Hans Baer

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Introducing Medical Anthropology: A Discipline in Action / Edition 2

This revised textbook provides students with a first exposure to the growing field of medical anthropology. The narrative is guided by unifying themes. First, medical anthropology is actively engaged in helping to address pressing health problems around the globe through research, intervention, and policy-related initiatives. Second, illness and disease cannot be fully understood or effectively addressed by treating them solely as biological in nature; rather, health problems involve complex biosocial processes and resolving them requires attention to range of factors including systems of belief, structures of social relationship, and environmental conditions. Third, through an examination of health inequalities on the one hand and environmental degradation and environment-related illness on the other, the book underlines the need for going beyond cultural or even ecological models of health toward a comprehensive medical anthropology. The authors show that a medical anthropology that integrates biological, cultural, and social factors to truly understand the origin of ill health will contribute to more effective and equitable health care systems.

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ISBN-13: 9780759120891
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 11/03/2011
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 290
Sales rank: 186,642
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Merrill Singer is a professor of anthropology and senior research scientist at the Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention at the University of Connecticut. He is the author, co-author, or editor of 24 books, including Killer Commodities: Public Health and the Corporate Production of Harm and The War Machine and Global Health.

Hans Baer is a senior lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences and the Centre of Health and Society at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His books include Toward an Integrative Medicine and Medical Anthropology and the World System.

Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: Introduction to Medical Anthropology
Chapter 2: What Medical Anthropologists Do
Chapter 3: Understanding Health, Illness, and Disease
Chapter 4: Ethnomedicine: In the Worlds of Treatment and Healing
Chapter 5: Medical Pluralism in the Contemporary World
Chapter 6: Health Disparity and Health Inequality
Chapter 7: Health and the Environment: Toward a Healthier World
Glossary
References
Resource Materials for Students
Index

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