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12/2/10 Medical Anthropology and Global Health
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12/2/10 How it all relates Most anthropologists have traditionally studied small-scale societies, or small groups of people within a wider society. They have aimed at a holistic view of a culture or community. Medical anthropologists have also concentrated on health problems at the local or national level.
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12/2/10 However, in recent years, many of the major threats to human health— such as overpopulation, pollution, global warming, drug abuse, environmental disasters, and the acquired immune deficiency syndrome epidemic, can no longer be dealt with according to traditional boundaries. These illnesses are truly global in both origins and effects.
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12/2/10 For these reasons, future research in medical anthropology is likely to focus not only on how certain cultural and social factors can damage individual health, but also on the health of humans as a whole. This will involve adopting a more global perspective: a holistic view of the complex interactions between the cultures, economic systems, political organizations, and ecology of the planet itself.
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Topic #6 - Medical Anthropology and Global Health 12/2/10...

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