The Cultural Context of Health, Illness, and Medicine

By Elisa J. Sobo; Martha O. Loustaunau | Go to book overview

Index
Access and utilization, 30–32, 40
Acculturated groups, 5, 60
Acculturation, 92. See also under Cultural; Culture
Accumulating systems, 78, 83–86
Achieved vs. ascribed social position, 28
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome. See AIDS/HIV
Acupuncturists, 77
Acute illness, 19
Adair, J., 210
Adolescents, 60–63; risk-taking by, 60, 61–62; suicide and, 63
Adulthood, 47; health status in, 63–65
Africa, AIDS in, 195, 196, 198, 202
African Americans (blacks), 7, 39, 82, 128; AIDS and, 199–200; families, 17; hairstyles of, 27–28; health of, and racism, 24–25, 55; hypertension and, 173; infant mortality among, 24, 25, 55; medical schools for, 122–23; neighborhood health program, 214–15; syphilis study and, 26
Aging, 65–72; cultural meanings of, 66–68; death and, 69–72; medicalization of, 70, 139
AIDS/HIV, 163, 186, 191–209, 213; anal sex and, 194; capitalism, modernization and spread of, 195–97; culture and, xviii; current data on, 193–95; gender and, 199–200; homosexuals (gays) and, 36, 182, 194; male circumcision and, 202–3; nonbiomedical healing of, 208–9; optimism and risk mis/ perception, 200–202; overview of, 191–97; positive results, 205; prevention of, 197–206; risk groups for, 193–95, 200–202, 204; as syndemic, 44, 163, 192; testing for, 203–5; treatments for, 206–9
Alcoholism, as disease, 139, 140
Allopathic medicine, 117, 152
Alternative healing systems, xvi, 127–31. See also Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM)
American Medical Association (AMA), 60, 120–21, 123; Council on Medical Education, 122; Medicare and, 124, 133–34
American Nurses Association, Code for Nurses, 153
Anatomy and physiology, cross-culturally, 78–81

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