L26-Medical Anthropology

L26-Medical Anthropology - Lecture 26-Medical Anthropology...

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Lecture 26-Medical Anthropology 1. Basic and applied research 1. Will look at how others with health car system 2. Application of anthropological theories to questions of health, illness, medicine, and healing 3. Four premises 1. Healing and illness are understood through human biology and culture 2. Disease is influenced by behaviors and sociopolitical circumstances 3. Symptoms are interpreted through cultural symptoms 4. Cultural aspects of healing systems have pragmatic consequences 4. Health 1. WHO 1948: “state of complete physical, mental, and social well being and not merely the absence of disease” 2. Disease or illness? 1. Disease: scientifically identified health threat; a pathological condition of the body 1. Objectively measured 2. Tooth decay, measles, broken bone 2. Illness: condition of poor health perceived by person, not feeling normal 1. May be as a result of a disease 2. Culturally related 3. Unwanted variations in physical, social, and psychological dimensions of health
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