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Culture, Health and Illness, Fifth Edition


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Table of Contents

Preface to the 5th Edition
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
Appendix: Journals and websites
Author index
Subject index

About the Author

Cecil G Helman, Professor of Medical Anthropology, Brunel University; Senior Lecturer, Dept of Primary Care and Population Sciences, UCL, London, UK


Praise for earlier edition: 'When with humility we are ready to use this excellent book, we will better apply our science toward improving the quality of life throughout the globe' -- Journal of the American Medical Association Praise for earlier edition: 'This book can be thoroughly recommended for its fresh perspective on medical transactions' -- The Lancet Praise for earlier edition: 'It is clearly written and structured, a valuable source for current references, and easily accessible to the interested general reader or student of the field' -- Social Sciences in Health

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