21A.215 Medical Anthropology: Culture, Society, and Ethics in Disease and Health, Fall 2008
Medical Anthropology: Culture, Society, and Ethics in Disease and Health
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This course looks at medicine from a cross-cultural perspective, focusing on the human, as opposed to biological, side of things. Students learn how to analyze various kinds of medical practice as cultural systems. Particular emphasis is placed on Western (bio-) medicine; students examine how biomedicine constructs disease, health, body, and mind, and how it articulates with other institutions, national and international.
ethics, biomedicine, cultural systems, medical practice, health, disease, mental illness, leprosy, placebo, pharmaceuticals, racism, sexism, medical institutions, chronic illness, reproductive technologies, isolation, international health