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Encyclopedia of medical anthropology : health and illness in the world's cultures

Author: Carol R Ember; Melvin Ember
Publisher: New York [N.Y.] : Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, ©2004
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Medical practitioners and the ordinary citizen are becoming more aware that we need to understand cultural variation in medical belief and practice. The more we know how health and disease are managed in different cultures, the more we can recognize what is "culture bound" in our own medical belief and practice.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Ebook
Cross-cultural studies
Encyclopedias
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
2 v. (xliv, 1071 p.) : ill
(DLC) 2003050644
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Carol R Ember; Melvin Ember
ISBN: 9781849725064 1849725063
OCLC Number: 858902299
Description: 1 online resource (110 entries) : 47 images, digital files
Contents: Topics. General concepts and perspectives; Medical systems; Political, economic, and social issues; Sexuality, reproduction, and the life cycle; Health conditions and diseases --
Cultures.
Responsibility: edited by Carol R. Ember and Melvin Ember.

Abstract:

Medical practitioners and the ordinary citizen are becoming more aware that we need to understand cultural variation in medical belief and practice. The more we know how health and disease are managed in different cultures, the more we can recognize what is "culture bound" in our own medical belief and practice.

The Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology is unique because it is the first reference work to describe the cultural practices relevant to health in the world's cultures and to provide an overview of important topics in medical anthropology. No other single reference work comes close to marching the depth and breadth of information on the varying cultural background of health and illness around the world. More than 100 experts - anthropologists and other social scientists - have contributed their firsthand experience of medical cultures from around the world.

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