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Week 2 Notes

by: Kara Pemberton

Week 2 Notes ANTH 3540

Kara Pemberton
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Multicultural Healthcare
Dr. Susan Tanner

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Notes for August 24th-29th. Learned some super interesting stuff this week, and talked about milk.
Multicultural Healthcare
Dr. Susan Tanner
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Date Created: 08/29/15
Multicultural Healthcare Week 2 82415 Illness 0 Condition of poor health perceived by individual 0 Based on individual experience 0 Perception of disease altered health by person 0 Informed by broader social amp cultural meanings I Diabetes vs schizophrenia Tuberculosis the illness experience amp an International Public Health Controversy 0 Atlanta lawyer in June 2007 o Diagnosed while healthy had no symptoms 0 Didn t follow patient role traveled against advice of CDC 0 Was cured free of disease agent free of symptoms 0 Tuberculosis may become dormant and reemerge o What defines being cured 0 Denver doctors eliminated any detectable evidence of infection 0 Worst patient ever 0 Was quarantined when caught after traveling o Crossed borders to avoid being caught 0 Become international fugitive De ning Disease Disease 0 Statistically subnormal biological functioning for species 0 Objectively measured o What is the definition of normal 0 Pathology mainly known to medical experts Ex Healthy physiological ranges 0 Normal Blood pressure 18 years or older 0 Less than 12080 0 Increases as you get older Conceptualization of Disease 0 International Disease Classification Manual 0 1900 179 descriptions 35 groups in classification 0 1948 Classification of disease Injuries Cause of Death 0 Last major revision 1990 o For insurance global health keeping track of disease rates amp why people die I Constantly updating over 12000 codes now I Eg Fibromyalgin included in ICD10 as M790 Rheumatism unspecified Fibromyalgia Fibrosis 0 Finally recognized as disease 0 Important because you need a code to get insurance I Tendency of slaves to run away from masters once considered a disease Illness amp Disease 0 Condition of poor health perceived by individual 0 Food allergies without obvious symptoms 0 Insomnia 0 Obesity trends Among US Adults have dramatically increased since 1990 0 Dramatic separation between ideals and reality 0 Fear of ovaries as part of an illness or something to be treated o Is menopause a disease I Obviously not but perceptions of natural things are different 0 Reverse andropause drop in testosterone towards end of life in men 0 Taking medication to treat normal conditions in life I Medicalization Medical Anthropology o Pulls from all aspects of Anthropology Basic Approaches 0 Biological Anthropology o Is paleo diet wrong Importance of carbohydrates 0 Difference of humans to other species amp how it relates to sickness o Ecological approaches how the relationship between organisms and their total environments cultural political ecological in uences health amp disease 0 Malaria in Sardinia Eliminated because of seasonal migration I Mosquitoborn I Seasonal summer I Lower Altitudes 82615 1minute essay What was interesting or surprising about the readings 0 Will be 1minute essays on readings to be handed in from now on Human Diet amp Human Variation 0 New foods in human history 0 Alcohol large bodies concentrated 0 Fat large bodies concentrated 0 Wheat Processing large bodies concentrated 0 Items themselves not new but the mass concentrated production is Key Concepts of the article about Milk 0 Assumption of biological normalcy 0 Medicalization 0 Local Biology 0 Biocultural perspective intersections between biology culture amp society Human Variation 0 Lactase persistencenonpersistance Why does terminology matter 0 Usual term lactose toleranceintolerance o Frames what normalcy is o Lactase persistence unusual condition Genetic adaption amp agriculture 0 Lactose Intolerance 0 Disease where adults are unable to digest lactose containing foods fresh milk 0 Not drinking milk was sign of deviant behavior in kids 0 Caused by termination of lactose enzyme production in adulthood Multiple genetic variants 0 These adults are less able to break down sugar lactose Lactose ferments in large intestines 0 Lactose Sugar in milk 0 Lactase Category of enzymes digest lactose 0 Many causes to lactase deficiency o Frequencies of lactose intolerance vary across populations Patterns of molecular variation 0 Multiple genotypes l phenotype 0 Natural selection amp migration 0 Subsistence strategy herding amp dairying shaped genome o Origins of agriculture in Egypt amp Middle East 9 75 kya I Age estimate of European variation 89 kya o Archaeology suggests pastoralism did not spread south of Sahara till 45 3 kya 82815 Stone Agers in the Fast Lane Eaton 0 What do people eat 0 Diets of contemporary foraging groups 0 Modern human diets significantly different 0 Problems of comparing modern diets of past I Change in environments I Not recognizing certain things as food I Humans adapt amp adopt tech constantly I No truly isolated groups I Problem of power Hunterforager groups forced out of land by people amp companies in power 0 Took average of average diets collected by many different ethnographers 0 Focus more on avoidance of disease than general health 0 High percentage of Inuit diet is fat amp meat still healthy 0 American diet Sodium gt Potassium 0 Studies of the past diets based on incomplete archeological evidence 0 We have quick biocultural advancesevolution Basic Approaches o Ethnomedical Approaches study of how members of different cultures think about disease amp organize themselves toward medical treatment and the social organization of treatment itself 0 Critical Approaches Power of politics and economy affecting health 0 Applied Approaches Take it out of academia and apply it to outside life Broad categories of Medical Systems 0 All medical systems have a theory of etiology causation diagnosis method amp prescription of therapy 0 1 Personalistic I Active purposeful intervention of a sensate agent I God nonhuman being human I No accidents 0 Witches 0 SorceryShamanism BadGood o 2 Naturalistic I Impersonal functional systematic ideas of disease I Often draw on equilibrium models I Naturalistic medical systems include Biomedicine Ayurvedic Medicine Chinese Medicine Humoral Theory 0 Sometimes combo of both 0 There is no one truly universal system The Body 0 Control over bodies is social and political 0 Local biology Individual bodies embed or embody social economic physical cultural environment Not a simple pattern Drug Abuse Criminalization or Medicalization o Medicalization Taking a condition of nature amp giving it a medical label describing it amp prescribing a treatment 0 Taking deviant behavior and correcting it o Locke article


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