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Medicine, rationality, and experience : an anthropological perspective

Author: Byron Good
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, ©1994.
Series: Lewis Henry Morgan lectures, 1990.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Biomedicine is often thought to provide a universal, scientific account of the human body and illness. In this view, non-Western and folk medical systems are regarded as systems of "belief" and subtly discounted. This is an impoverished perspective for understanding illness and healing across cultures, one that neglects many facets of Western medical practice and obscures its kinship with healing in other  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Student Collection
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Byron Good
ISBN: 0521415586 9780521415583 052142576X 9780521425766
OCLC Number: 27265990
Description: xvii, 242 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Medical anthropology and the problem of belief --
Illness representations in medical anthropology: a reading of the field --
How medicine constructs its objects --
Semiotics and the study of medical reality --
The body, illness experience, and the lifeworld: a phenomenological account of chronic pain --
The narrative representation of illness --
Aesthetics, rationality, and medical anthropology.
Series Title: Lewis Henry Morgan lectures, 1990.
Responsibility: Byron J. Good.
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First published in 1993, this book is a comprehensive analysis of the role of cultural factors in the experience of illness, countering the scientific view of folk medicine as superstitious practice.  Read more...

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