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Exploring Medical Anthropology

Exploring Medical Anthropology
Author: Donald Joralemon
ISBN 13: 9780205693511
ISBN 10: 205693512
Edition: 3
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2009-08-24
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
List Price: $47.95

This widely adopted text is a concise and engaging introduction to the field that presents competing theoretical perspectives in a balanced fashion, highlighting points of conflict and convergence.

Written in an accessible, jargon-free language, Exploring Medical Anthropology’s concise length leaves room for instructors to supplement it with monographs of their own choosing. Concrete cases and the author’s personal research experiences are utilized to explain some of the discipline’s most important insights; such as that biology and culture matter equally in the human experience of disease and that medical anthropology can help to alleviate human suffering. An extensive glossary facilitates student learning of concepts and terms, while a list of suggested readings at the end of each chapter and an extensive bibliography encourage further exploration.


Offers a concise and readable introduction to medical anthropology, focusing on ethnographic material from Andean South America and the US. Emphasizes the equal importance of biology and culture in the human experience of disease, the political economy as a primary epidemiological factor, and the use of ethnography and medical anthropology to understand and alleviate human suffering and disease. The author's experiences observing and participating in Peruvian shamanism make for interesting reading. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.