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Introducing Medical Anthropology: A Discipline in Action / Edition 3

Introducing Medical Anthropology: A Discipline in Action / Edition 3


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This new text provides students with a first exposure to the growing field of medical anthropology. It is structured around three unifying themes. First, medical anthropology is actively engaged in helping to address pressing health problems around the world 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 a range of factors, including systems of belief, structures of social relationships, and environmental conditions. Third, through an examination of health inequalities on one hand, and environmental degradation and environment-related illness on the other, the authors emphasize the need for a comprehensive medical-anthropology that integrates biological, cultural, and social factors in order to understand the origin of ill health and to contribute to more effective and equitable health care systems.

About the Author:
Merrill Singer is the chief of research at the Hispanic Health Council in Hartford, Connecticut

About the Author:
Hans Baer is a lecturer in the School of Social and Environmental Enquiry and the Centre of Health and Society at the University of Melbourne

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538106457
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/20/2019
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.16(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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

Why Have a Medical Anthropology?     1
What Medical Anthropologists Do     35
What Is Health? Experiencing Illness, Knowing Disease     63
Ethnomedicine: The Worlds of Treatment and Healing     101
Plural Medical Systems in the Contemporary World: Complexity, Complementarity, and Conflict     121
Health Disparity, Health Inequality     151
Health and the Environment: Toward a Healthier World     181
Source Material for Students     209
References     213
Index     235

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