Medical Anthropology: A Biocultural Approach

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Oxford University Press, 2009 - Medical - 459 pages
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Intended as the primary text for introductory courses on medical anthropology, this book integrates human biological data relevant to health and disease with both evolutionary theory and the social environments that more often than not produce major challenges to health and survival. Because students who take this fastest-growing anthropology course come from a variety of disciplines (anthropology, biology, especially pre-med students, and health sciences, especially), the text does not assume anything beyond a basic high-school level familiarity with human biology and anthropology. The authors first present basic biological information on a particular health condition and then expand their analysis to include evolutionary, historical, and cross-cultural perspectives. Among the topics covered are nutrition, infectious disease, stress, reproductive health, behavioral disease, aging, race/racism and health, mental health, and healers and healing.

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I read this book for my anthropology class. I wasn't sure what to expect. But I must say this book caught my attention. It wasn't difficult to read or understand and it gives a good perspective on a ... Read full review


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Andrea Wiley is a Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at James Madison University. John S. Allen is a Research Scientist in the Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

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