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Theory and Practice in Medical Anthropology


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Daughters of Hariti: Childbirth and Female Healers in South and Southeast Asia

Daughters of Hariti: Childbirth and Female Healers in South and Southeast Asia

Santi Rozario, Geoffrey Samuel
August 15, 2014

Hariti is the ancient Indian goddess of childbirth and women healers, known at one time throughout South and Southeast Asia from India to Nepal and Bali. Daughters of Hariti looks at her 'daughters' today, female midwives and healers in many different cultures across the region. It also traces the...

Worlds of Psychotic People: Wanderers, 'Bricoleurs' and Strategists

Worlds of Psychotic People: Wanderers, 'Bricoleurs' and Strategists

Els van Dongen
March 22, 2013

Worlds of Psychotic People brings a fresh twenty-first century voice to the lives of those with serious psychological disorders, focusing on the manner in which psychiatric patients experience their subjective worlds. Based on ethnographic research gathered at the psychiatric hospital of Saint...

Social and Cultural Lives of Immune Systems

Social and Cultural Lives of Immune Systems

James M. Wilce Jr.
April 03, 2003

Social and Cultural Lives of Immune Systems introduces a provocative new hypothesis in medico-social theory - the theory that immunity and disease are in part socially constituted. It argues that immune systems function not just as biological entities but also as symbolic concepts charged with...

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