The Scope of Medical Anthropology
Medical ANP definition and goals:
o Definition: how people in different cultures and social groups explain the causes
of ill healh, the types of treatment they believe in, and to whom they turn if they
do get ill
ANP 370 Exam 1 Review
Culture- a set of assumptions about how the world works that is learned and shared that
is passed down from one generation to the next
Medical Anthropology- Medical anthropology is about how people in different cultures and
September 25, 2012
The Illness Experience: The Use of Power of Narrative
What is the Narrative?
Bryon Good describes the narrative as the imaginative linking of experiences and events
into a meaningful story or plot.
The narrative reflects, reworks, and
September 20, 2012
What is Medical Pluralism?
Can be defined as the employment of more than one medical system or the use of both
conventional medicine and complementary and alternative medicine for health and
September 18, 2012
What does a Medical Anthropologist do and how do they do it?
The study and their methods
Common Myth about M.A.
Medical anthropologists are not in the business to tell clinicians how to do their job
The purpose of medical anthropology
September 13, 2012
Doctor Patient Relations
Explanatory Models, Folk Illnesses, and the Consultation
Notions about an episode of sickness and treatment held by patients, practitioners, and
others involved (episode specific).
September 11, 2012
Doctor Patient Relations
The difference between disease and illness
Doctor Patient Relations
Why are doctor patient relations important?
By understanding these complex relationships and the fact that doctors and patients have
September 6, 2012
The Body and Body Ritual
How do we define the body and its propose, place, or meaning in society?
Who are the Nacierma? AMERICANS
The article mentions specific people, rituals, beliefs, practices, and structures, all of
September 4, 2012
What is Culture?
Understanding the roots of Medical Anthropology as a biocultural discipline
The most scientific of the humanities and the most humane of the science.
Physical Anthropology: concerned with the biological di
October 25, 2012
Dividing the Village
What makes us sick and what makes us healthy
Being Sick is a Lonely Process
Stoller is unapologetic about his illness and the cancer treatment and procedure he must
He explains that even though one is surroun
October 23, 2012
Dying to Have Known
Documentary on cure for cancer and chronic disease.
Antioxidants: subdue whats going on in our body and gives color to the fruits and
o The Gursens therapy was not surgery, medication, etc
October 18, 2012
Interpretive Medical Anthropology
Stoller Chapter Two
Stollers Theoretical Framework
Stollers book is not just a memoir but tool used for those dealing with cancer
He uses his own subjective experiences as an anthropologist and as a pat
October 16, 2012
Stranger in the Village of the Sick
Fast Facts about the Songhay
Location: Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Ghana
Also Known As: Songhoy
Primary Religion: Islam and Animism
Number of Christians: less than
Doctor Patient Interactions
Main problems has to do with patients and doctors having different views on
what illness is and this can result in miscommunication (speaking different
One of the main reasons for miscommunication is that medical p
The meaning of life!
Anything about the meaning of life is complicated
Earliest civilization in India known as Indus Valley
This civilization started in 2500 B.C.E. until 1500 B.C.E.
Centrally controlled civilization and the cities lef
ANP 370 Final Study Guide
Culture- define and know main ideas we have talked about
o How it imagines/sees body
o The main criticisms
o What limits peoples access to it
o Main problem with doctor-patient interaction
Auerbach, J. D., and Coates, T. J.
2000 HIV Prevention Research: Accomplishments and Challenges for the Third
Decade of AIDS. American Journal of Public Health, 90(7). 1029-1032.
This article focuses on the accomplishments
ANP 370, STUDY GUIDE, EXAM 2
GENDER AND REPRODUCTION
male/female categories and social construction
All human societies divide their population into two important social categories; male and
female; categories constructed from assumptions; construction of
Race as a modern concept
Came about 200 years ago during the Renaissance period
Skin color seen as a phenotypic sign of distinction
Science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase the
occurrence of de
October 4, 2012
Theoretical Approaches in Medical Anthropology
Anthropologists ask questions about the role of evolution and genetic variation, and the
various ways humans are susceptible or resistant to disease
o Ex. Diseases of civi
October 2, 2012
Idea of you are what you eat in China
o Therefore, eat animal penis to make a person stronger in sex.
Venezuela: grow up eating spiders from a young age (thus, normal for them).
o Even though some of the spiders contain toxins
November 29, 2012
Issues in Healthcare for Low English Proficiency (LEP) Patients without Trained
Linda M. Hunt
Medical treatment increasingly complex
Patients making increasingly sophisticated decisions
Must have sufficient understanding to
2/29/12 The Mouses Tales: Standardized Animals in the Culture and Practice of Techno-science
1. Doogie: The Smart Mouse
a. Enhanced memory through manipulation of NR2B gene- allows memory mechanism to
be open for 150/1000s of a second longer
a.i. Allows D