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Exploring Medical Anthropology

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This book provides a concise and engaging introduction to medical anthropology. It presents competing theoretical perspectives in a balanced fashion, highlighting points of conflict and convergence. Concrete examples and the author s personal research experiences are utilized to explain some of the discipline s most important insights, such as that biology and culture matt ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Allyn & Bacon (first published September 23rd 1998)
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Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Concise chapters made for good discussion. My medical anthropology class used this as its main text for the semester. I really enjoyed the book actually and am glad Dr. Emad assigned it. I particularly like that Joralemon argues that shamanism and organ transplantation can be studied in the same way. Tying together bio-medicine with shamanism and other such alternatives is positively delightful. Joralemon uses solid ethnographic data to get the points he's writing about across which also makes f ...more
Shelly Wilson
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well-written, concise, and incredibly interesting. I chose this as the textbook for a medical anthropology honors course I teach, and it was perfect for this particular research project. There are probably more detailed and comprehensive textbooks out there for this topic, but for a one credit class this was perfect.
Jan 23, 2010 rated it liked it
A good introduction to Medical Anthropology. I'm using it in my course, along with AIDS and Accusation and The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. I appreciate that it is relatively inexpensive ($22) for a textbook, it is brief and doesn't try to cover everything -- Joralemon gives grounding in the basic approaches and theories, examines a few cases in detail, gives great suggestions for further reading, and points you in the right direction to look at lots of things. ...more
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The two chapters on cholera -- and how to view the cholera epidemic in Peru from four different theoretical perspectives -- are GREAT!! I assign this book to my med anthro students JUST for those two chapters.
Kerryn Armstrong
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great textbooks for medical anthropology examples and case studies
Resa Boydston
Nov 27, 2010 rated it it was ok
this book is for my SO312; Culture, Health and Illness class. at times it is hard to read (stay focused with it) but it contains a ton of helpful information.
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