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Author Sobo, Elisa Janine, 1963-

Title The cultural context of health, illness, and medicine / Elisa J. Sobo and Martha O. Loustaunau.

Publication Info. Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, [2010]


Location Call No. Status
 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  306.461 S677C    Check Shelf
Edition Second edition.
Description xviii, 268 pages ; 24 cm
Note Martha Loustaunau is first named author on previous edition.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [227]-254) and index.
Contents The concept of culture -- The health-related consequences of social structure -- Health and illness over the life course -- Therapeutic modalities : a cross-cultural perspective -- Biomedicine : emergence and evolution in cultural context -- Reforming medicine -- Developing cultural sensitivity -- Putting ideas into practice : complex contemporary challenges -- Project and class presentation ideas.
Summary A "one size fits all" approach to health care does not work well, especially for America's extremely diverse population. This book provides a discussion of how and why a more flexible and culturally sensitive system of health care can, and must be, achieved. America is truly a world civilization, home to billions of immigrants from all around the globe. We came first by land, then sea, and now air as well, bringing with us a diversity of cultural traditions. What are the ramifications of this for the way we deliver health care? Anthropologist George Foster defined the first edition of this work as "a very readable introductory text dealing with the sociocultural aspects of health." With examples and updated scholarship, this second edition offers a guide to the practice of culturally sensitive health care. Readers will see America's biomedically dominated health care system in a new light as the book reveals the changes wrought by increasing cultural diversity, technological innovation, and developments in care delivery. Written by a sociologist and an anthropologist with direct, hands-on experience in the health services, this volume tracks culture's influence on and relationship to health, illness, and health-care delivery via an examination of social structure, medical systems, and the need for, and challenges to, culturally sensitive care. Cultural differences are situated against social-class differences and related health inequities, as well as different needs and challenges throughout the life course. In prescribing caring that is more holistic, culturally sensitive, and cost-effective, the work promotes awareness of pressing issues for health care professionals and the people they serve.
Subject Medical anthropology.
Social medicine.
Cultural Competency -- United States.
Anthropology -- United States.
Attitude to Health -- ethnology -- United States.
Cultural Diversity -- United States.
Delivery of Health Care -- United States.
Added Author Loustaunau, Martha O., 1938-
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