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Unformatted text preview: MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY 272 01/10/2009 SCHEPER-HUGHES THE QUESTION: what is revealed adn what is concealed in our commonsense perceptions of reality? o Whose interests are being served? o Whose needs are being ignored? Diseases like child-illness and nervos are not as simple and straightforward as they seem NERVOS: How have the people come to describe themselves as nervos, not hungry, as weak as opposed to exploited. Come to be a catch-all phrase for describing distress of any sort, bodily expression of distress. Nervos acts as one level of critique, less potent than hunger, and more easily medicalized, of a social relationship. Medicalization of the disease of nervos allows for the society to ignore the root causes of the illness; hunger, exhaustion, lack of independence, and to treat the illness in a way that WILEY(363): these conditions are characterized by patterns of aberrant behaviour or troubling individual experience, which are considered to be illnesses within a culture or...
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- Fall '09
- Medical Anthropology