What's Wrong with You? It Depends Where You Live
Laurance, Jeremy, The Independent (London, England)
Human beings may belong to the same species, but they experience sickness differently. Each nation has its favoured illnesses and its favoured explanations, which alter over time. A doctor in one country may label an illness as depression, while the identical symptoms may be labelled as low blood pressure in another, or as the effects of dental amalgam in yet another.
These cultural variations throw light on illnesses that are poorly defined but that impose a huge burden of suffering on individuals, and on the workload of doctors and hospitals, who can often do little to help.
It reminds us that while medicine in the modern world has achieved an extraordinary …
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Publication information: Article title: What's Wrong with You? It Depends Where You Live. Contributors: Laurance, Jeremy - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: April 28, 2009. Page number: 10. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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