Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology

Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology

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Illness and death are significant events for people everywhere and no one is spared. Medical beliefs and practices are not the same everywhere. They determine how people understand the causes of illness and death and how they cope with these events. It is not surprising therefore that medical practitioners and others are becoming increasingly aware of the need to understand the influence of society and culture on medical belief and practice. Culture - the customary ways of thinking and acting in society - often affects the outcome of illness, and even which illnesses occur. So those who are actively engaged in studying health and illness are coming to realize the biological and cultural factors need to be considered if we are going to reduce human suffering. The Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology is divided up into two volumes: Topics and Cultures. The first volume contains topical and comparative essays grouped into five sections: - General concepts and perspectives; - Medical systems; - Political, economic, and social issues; - Sexuality, reproduction, and the life cycle, and - Health conditions and diseases. The second volume contains articles that describe the state of healthSudden. Infant. Death. Syndrome. (SIDS. or. Cot. Death). Infant. Sleep, . Breast. Feeding, . and. Infant. Sleeping. Arrangements. James J. McKenna 0 20 40 60 80 100 SIDS rate % BSagt;anbsp;...

Title:Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology
Author:Carol R. Ember, Melvin Ember
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2004


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