take the diagnostic risk; and it should be so organized that the patient has an appropriate understanding of the diagnosis.
This third edition comprises chapters on research in medical anthropology; some are new, and a number have been thoroughly revised, since the nature of the data in some chapters necessitated updating. We believe they provide a foundation for a biohuman medical paradigm by demonstrating how culture -- human belief, knowledge, and action -- structures the human experience of disease, affects the ways in which both physicians and patients perceive and define illness, and influences the matrices of decision making in the subcultures attempting to communicate about problems of health care and medical research.
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