Medical Anthropology

1st Edition

Cecil G. Helman

Routledge
Published October 16, 2008
Reference - 580 Pages
ISBN 9780754626558 - CAT# Y235499
Series: The International Library of Essays in Anthropology

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Summary

This important volume includes key papers which outline the history, concepts, research findings and recent controversies in medical anthropology - the cross-cultural study of health, illness and medical care. Among the topics covered are transcultural psychiatry, food and nutrition, anthropology of the body, alcohol and drug use, traditional healers, childbirth and bereavement and the applications of medical anthropology to international health issues, such as the HIV/AIDS pandemic, malaria prevention and family planning. It is a valuable resource not only for scholars and students of medical anthropology but also for health professionals working in multi-cultural settings, or in international medical aid programmes.

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