sion of ethics and the impact of technology on the structure of behavior. Tancredi and Romanucci-Ross in Chapter 17 explore the cultural dimensions of bioethics as well as one aspect of the now entrenched concept of patients' rights, exemplified in one population, the elderly.
In Chapter 18, Romanucci-Ross and Moerman examine some epistemes in both clinical medicine and scientific medical research, viewed as domains of experience and structured reasoning. Both the discourse of Western medicine and its nondiscursive practices stem from values and ideologies with unrecognized and unexplained consequences. Contemporary paradigms are discussed to illustrate that perceiving always involves applying concepts about "cause" to spatial matter (the body) and the nonspatial (mind). We hold that such a concept is neither useful nor accurate in today's scientific world. (For a basic philosophical analysis of the place of Cartesian dualism today, see Churchland 1986:7-23).
In our final chapter we explore the idea of a medical anthropology, and the possibility of an even more intellectually satisfying future for this necessary discipline.
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Publication information: Book title: The Anthropology of Medicine:From Culture to Method. Edition: 3rd. Contributors: Lola Romanucci-Ross - Editor, Daniel E. Moerman - Editor, Laurence R. Tancredi - Editor. Publisher: Bergin & Garvey. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1997. Page number: 284.