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Medicine and Culture

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  86 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
A classic comparative study of medicine and national culture, Medicine and Culture shows us that while doctors regard themselves as servants of science, they are often prisoners of custom.
Paperback, Revised, 224 pages
Published November 15th 1996 by Holt Paperbacks
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Philip Magcalas
Dec 17, 2009 Philip Magcalas rated it really liked it
Payer proposes an engaging, if imperfect, discussion regarding the variations of medicine and health in general between cultures. It is incomplete, if only by virtue of the fact that to tackle the topic with all its due diligence would result in a series of books each the size fo the complete Oxford English Dictionary. However, in its form, it prompts vital discussion, relating to our own perceptions and "knowledge" of both the purpose and practice of medicine.
Mar 12, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: health, textbooks
Evaluates and compares how "medicine" is done in France, Germany, Great Britain and the USA. Very informative and enlightening. I had no idea that there were such drastic differences. I thought medical science should be rational, but this book demonstrates how culture impacts medical practice, and not always for the good.
Dec 18, 2014 Nikki rated it it was amazing
This is a 'must read' for anyone who thinks their doctor is always right. This book really opened my eyes to the understanding that doctors are highly influenced by culture and that there are many different options for disease treatments--despite what your doctor may tell you. Once again, we must own our own bodies and take responsibility for our own health!
May 01, 2009 Joel rated it really liked it
This book was super interesting and really opened up the ol' eyes to the degree of subjectivity involved in the world of medicine and, like, doctorly things. I read a super old copy -- I feel like some sort of "Author's Preface to the New Edition" would've been extra handy. Still, it's a super interesting read.
Jan 10, 2008 Donna rated it liked it
Fascinating review of how medical systems differ between four modern, westernized countries. You’d expect medical diagnosis and treatment to be very much the same, but in fact they are quite different.
Sandy Jiang
Jun 07, 2014 Sandy Jiang rated it really liked it
Well written and engaging but keep in mind she is a journalist and she uses a lot of her own illness narrative to explain her observations.
But great for people to be aware of cultural competency.
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