Medicine, Rationality and Experience

Medicine, Rationality and Experience

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Medicine supposedly offers a scientific account of the human body and of illness, and it follows that scientific medicine treats all forms of folk medicine as little more than superstitious practices. Professor Good argues that this impoverished perspective neglects many facets of Western medical practice and obscures its kinship with healing in other traditions. Drawing on his own anthropological research in America and the Middle East, his analysis of illness and medicine explores the role of cultural factors in the experience of illness and the practice of medicine.Illness. representations. in. medical. anthropology: a. reading. of. the. field. In their extended essay on the perceived breakdown of coherent conceptual paradigms in anthropology today, Marcus and Fischer argue that our post- colonialanbsp;...

Title:Medicine, Rationality and Experience
Author:Byron Good
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 1994


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