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Culture, Health and Illness

Culture, Health and Illness - 5th edition

Culture, Health and Illness - 5th edition

ISBN13: 9780340914502

ISBN10: 0340914505

Culture, Health and Illness by Cecil G. Helman - ISBN 9780340914502
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 5TH 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Edward Arnold Ltd.
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Culture, Health and Illness by Cecil G. Helman - ISBN 9780340914502

ISBN13: 9780340914502

ISBN10: 0340914505

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Edition: 5TH 07
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Culture, Health and Illness is the leading international textbook on the role of cultural and social factors in health, illness, and medical care. Since first published in 1984, it has been used in more than forty countries, in universities, medical schools, and nursing colleges. This new edition meets the ever-growing need for a clear starting point in understanding the clinical significance of cultural and social factors. Addressing the complex interactions between health, illness, and culture, this unique text sets out anthropological theory in a highly readable, jargon-free style and integrates it with the practice of health care using real-life examples and case histories.


  • Addresses current concerns about the multicultural context of health care
  • Well supported by empirical examples and case studies from more than ninety countries
  • New coverage of poverty and inequality of health care, genetics, telemedicine, migration medicine, HIV/AIDS, obesity and malnutrition, and developments in medical technology
  • Features a free companion website that includes extensive additional material and printable clinical questionnaires:
  • In color for the first time

In today's world of increasing cultural, religious, and ethnic diversity of populations, Culture, Health and Illness, Fifth Edition , is essential reading for students of medicine, nursing, psychiatry, public health, health education, international health, and medical anthropology, all across the globe.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the scope of medical anthropology
2. The body: cultural definitions of anatomy and physiology
3. Diet and Nutrition
4. Caring and curing: the sectors of health care
5. Doctor-patient interactions
6. Gender and reproduction
7. Pain and culture
8. Culture and pharmacology: drugs, alcohol and tobacco
9. Ritual and the management of misfortune
10. Cross-cultural psychiatry
11. Cultural aspects of stress and suffering
12. Migration, globalization and health
13. Telemedicine and the Internet
14. New bodies, new selves: genetics and biotechnology
15. Cultural factors in epidemiology
16. The AIDS pandemic
17. Tropical diseases: malaria and leprosy
18. Medical anthropology and global health
19. New research methods in medical anthropology

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