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Unformatted text preview: -Clinical Consulting-Training Medical Personnel Meaning-Centered/Interpretive -cultural construction, interpretation-body and its meanings-illness beliefs and behaviors Illness & Health are cultural constructions a medical system= explanatory-theory of disease-system of caring/curing-medicine-what makes miserable happen?how do we get rid of it? Universal features of medical systems: medical systems are integral parts of culture-beliefs about illness and healing reflect world view-scary movie-cancer/aids action: heart attack (not scary) Illness is culturally defined and constructed Medical systems have multiple functions All Medical Systems have both prevention and curative sides medical anthropology and biotechnology ex) ultra sounds-mothers feel closer to their babyies after seeing the ultra sounds (even though its unnecessary- its a cultural tradition)...
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- Fall '08