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2 February 2007 Singer et.al demonstrates the approach known as Critical Medical Anthropology in their analysis of one Puerto Rican man’s problem drinking and ultimate death. What are their findings regarding Juan Garcia’s drinking? How and why do they see it as more than a “personal problem”? Can you think of other examples (from readings, lectures, your own knowledge or experience) in which ethnicity, culture, and/or political-economic conditions contribute to someone’s suffering? In Puerto Rico, the consumption of alcohol was primarily in place during ritualistic and veneration ceremonies, not in the everyday setting, and then as a reward for doing work. With the conquest of Puerto Rico by the Spaniards, alcohol, rum specifically, became an everyday thing because the Spaniards drank every day and it was given out as payment for the laborers (Singer 291). Since then, alcohol consumption has increased immensely and many Puerto Ricans drink a lot, as did Juan Garcia but it never affected them. There are reasons why alcohol
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