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Culture, health, and illness / Cecil G. Helman.


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Helman, Cecil, 1944-2009.
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4th ed. - Oxford ; Boston : Butterworth-Heinemann, 2000.
  • Book
  • viii, 328 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [280]-305) and indexes.
  • Introduction: the scope of medical anthropology-- Cultural definitions of anatomy and physiology-- Diet and nutrition-- Caring and curing: the sectors of health care-- Doctor-patient interactions-- Gender and reproduction-- Pain and culture-- Culture and pharmacology-- Ritual and the management of misfortune-- Cross-cultural psychiatry-- Cultural aspects of stress-- Cultural factors in epidemiology-- Medical anthropology and global health-- New research methods in medical anthropology-- Appendix: Clinical questionnaires.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Publisher's Summary:
"Culture, Health and Illness" is an introduction to the role of cultural and social factors in health and disease, showing how an understanding of these factors can improve medical care and health education. The book demonstrates how different cultural, social or ethnic groups explain the causes of ill health, the types of treatment they believe in, and to whom they would turn if they were ill. It discusses the relationship of these beliefs and practices to the instance of certain diseases, both physical and psychological. This new edition has been extended and modernised with new material added to every chapter. In addition, there is a new chapter on 'new research methods in medical anthropology', and the book in now illustrated where appropriate. Anyone intending to follow a career in medicine, allied health, nursing or counselling will benefit from reading this book at an early stage in their career.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)

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