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12/2/10 Introduction to Medicine and Society: Humanity and Health
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12/2/10 Medical Anthropology Branch of social and cultural anthropology Roots in medicine and the natural sciences “A biocultural discipline concerned with both the biological and sociocultural aspects of human behavior, and particularly with the ways in which the two interacted
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12/2/10 The Impact of Culture on Humans Affects beliefs and behavior Perceptions and Emotions Language Religion and rituals Family structure Conceptions of space and time Diet Dress
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12/2/10 Culture is not the end of the story. Individual factors (age, gender, size, intelligence, experience) Educational factors (formal and informal) Socioeconomic factors (poverty, class, status, occupation, discrimination) Environmental factors (weather,
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12/2/10 Culture is always contextual. Context is made up of historical, economic, political, and geographical elements.
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