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WEEKS 13 Introduction to Medical Anthroooloov Anthropology The study of humankind past and present 0 Anthropology integrates information from social science biological science natural science and humanities 0 Medical anthropology investigates healer s roles political forces on health economic forces on health social structures ecological settings medical knowledge held by a culture Medical anthropology Human experience of disease looked at from cross cultural historic and evolutionary perspectives Questions anthropologists ask What are people doing Why are they doing it What did people used to do Why did they do that Does everyone do it Who doesn t do it Why don t they do it When how and why did people begin to do this What happens if people don t do it Why What are people s feelings about what they do OOOOOO Distress ldioms of distress Expressionssayings specific to a culture that are used to describe illnesses Q examples runny nose headache short of breath Sources of distress include 0 interpersonal O examples low self esteem social examples lack of support relationship problems job political examples oppressive government examples providing for a family 0 0 economic O spu ual O examples guilt Kleinman39s lllness Narratives Illness How one experiences and expresses a disorder Disease The healer s diagnosis or understanding of the illness Sickness The disorder in relation to social or cultural factors Explanatory model A way people explain howwhy a disease affected them 0 Answers the question why me O examples witchcraft wrong place wrong time or coincidence God s will etc Key Points It is not beneficial to focus solely on disease This does not tell us anything about the patient s feelings or social situation and may limit our understanding of the causes of disease We have stereotypes for certain illnesses For example breast cancer is often perceived as a women s disease even though men can contract it We perceive some patients as innocent ie children with cancer and some patients as guilty or deserving of their disease ie drug addiction Language reveals much about our concepts of health healing and illness
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