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Introducing Medical Anthropology : A Discipline in Action

Introducing Medical Anthropology : A Discipline in Action - 07 edition

Introducing Medical Anthropology : A Discipline in Action - 07 edition

ISBN13: 9780759110588

ISBN10: 0759110581

Introducing Medical Anthropology : A Discipline in Action by Merrill Singer and Hans Baer - ISBN 9780759110588
Edition: 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Published:
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Introducing Medical Anthropology : A Discipline in Action by Merrill Singer and Hans Baer - ISBN 9780759110588

ISBN13: 9780759110588

ISBN10: 0759110581

Edition: 07

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Summary

''This text provides students with a first exposure to the growing field of medical anthropology. It is structured around three unifying themes. First, medical anthropology is actively engaged in helping to address pressing health problems around the world through research, intervention, and policy-related initiatives. Second, illness and disease cannot be fully understood or effectively addressed by treating them solely as biological in nature; rather, health problems involve complex biosocial processes and resolving them requires attention to a range of factors, including systems of belief, structures of social relationships, and environmental conditions. Third, through an examination of health inequalities on one hand, and environmental degradation and environment-related illness on the other, the authors emphasize the need for a comprehensive medical anthropology that integrates biological, cultural, and social factors in order to understand the origin of ill health and to contribute to more effective and equitable health care systems.''--BOOK JACKET.

Author Bio

Merrill Singer is the chief of research at the Hispanic Health Council in Hartford, Connecticut.

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