ISBN-10:
0300068719
ISBN-13:
9780300068719
Pub. Date:
08/28/1996
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Sickness and Healing: An Anthropological Perspective / Edition 1

Sickness and Healing: An Anthropological Perspective / Edition 1

by Robert A. Hahn

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Overview


The ways in which people respond to sickness differ greatly from society to society. In this book anthropologist and epidemiologist Robert A. Hahn examines how Western and non-Western cultures influence the definition, experience, and treatment of sickness.

Hahn begins by developing a definition of sickness that is based on the patient's perception of suffering and disturbance rather than on the physician's assessment of biomedical signs. After reviewing the principal theories that account for the forms of sickness and healing found in different historical and cultural situations, he explores the relevance of both anthropological and epidemiological approaches to sickness, focusing on the persistent gap between white and black infant mortality in the United States. Hahn then describes contemporary Western medicine as it might be seen by a visiting foreign anthropologist. He delineates the culture of Western medicine and portrays the world of one physician at work, traces the evolution of obstetrics since 1903 by analyzing the principal textbook—Williams Obstetrics—through its first eighteen editions, and explores the gulf between physicians and their patients by examining the accounts of physicians who have written about their own illnesses. He concludes by proposing ways in which some of the ills of contemporary Western medicine might be remedied by applying anthropological principles to medical training and practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300068719
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 08/28/1996
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author


Robert A. Hahn is an epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta and adjunct associate professor of anthropology at Emory University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Introduction 1(12)
Part One AN ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE 13(118)
1. The Universe of Sickness
13(27)
2. Culture-bound Syndromes Unbound
40(17)
3. Three Theories of Sickness and Healing
57(19)
4. The Role of Society and Culture in Sickness and Healing
76(23)
5. Anthropology and Epidemiology: One Logic or Two?
99(32)
Part Two BIOMEDICINE OBSERVED 131(164)
6. Biomedicine as a Cultural System
131(42)
7. A World of Internal Medicine: Portrait of an Internist
173(36)
8. Divisions of Labor: Obstetrician, Woman, and Society in Williams Obstetrics, 1903-1989
209(25)
9. Between Two Worlds: Physicians as Patients
234(28)
10. From Medical Anthropology to Anthropological Medicine
262(33)
References 295(28)
Index 323

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