The Anthropology of Medicine: From Culture to Method


This long-awaited revision of what has now become the classic text in medical anthropology contains a wealth of new material on subjects as diverse as aging, creativity, and ideology. Originally cited in American Anthropologist as "must reading for all medical anthropologists, physicians, advanced medical anthropology students and advanced medical students," this new edition should prove twice as valuable. It is both a comprehensive introduction to the rapidly growing field of medical anthropology and a state-of-the-art reference work. The authors bring new perspectives to our understanding of both Western and non-Western medicine, from the biochemical and physiological aspects of health care in preindustrialized cultures to cultural and ideological factors inherent in past and present Western medical care. New chapters focus on ethnobotany, placebo and pain, shamanism, and psychiatry.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Clara Sue Kidwell
  • Libbet Crandon-malamud
  • Daniel E. Moerman
  • Michael Heinrich
  • Barry Bogin
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 1997
  • 3rd


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