09.17.09 - MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY KLIENMAN Importance of listening something is lost when stories are ignored/silenced COLES the story of an

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MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY 17/09/2009 KLIENMAN: Importance of listening, something is lost when stories are ignored/silenced. COLES: the story of an individual is a gift. MARCEL MAUSS: Giving a gift creates a relationship, ie. You are indebted to that person, what do you owe in exchange? To listen? "What power resides in the object given that causes its recipient to pay it back?" BIOMEDICINE: Person, humanity is not part of the equation, so closely defined purpose, of pathogens, healing the diseased organ/body, that the rest of the situation is ignored. Ignoring the story allows the patient to become less of a human and more of a “object in a landscape” Is the body that divorced from the psychosocial that it is possible to ignore it completely. INUIT: Humanitarian mission to rid the north of TB, however ignoring the stories of the society and individuals, led to more problems, saw the Inuit as little more than diseased bodies. KLIENMAN: Reducing the patient’s story to a categorical list of pathologies.
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2010 for the course ANTH Anth 227 taught by Professor Lisastevenson during the Fall '09 term at McGill.

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09.17.09 - MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY KLIENMAN Importance of listening something is lost when stories are ignored/silenced COLES the story of an

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