This collection of 49 readings with extensive background description exposes students to the breadth of theoretical perspectives and issues in the field of medical anthropology. The text provides specific examples and case studies of research as it is applied to a range of health settings: from cross-cultural clinical encounters to cultural analysis of new biomedical technologies to the implementation of programs in global health settings.
Compiles 43 readings selected for readability, a mix of classic and more recent contributions, a range in theoretical orientation and difficulty, and ethnographic variation. Part I discusses topics pertaining to biocultural and cultural approaches. Part II presents applications of medical anthropology including case studies, ethnicity and health care, stigma and coping with chronic illness, gender and women's health, culture and nutrition, and international health issues and programs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.