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Exploring Medical Anthropology
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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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
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.
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