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|Student Contribution Band:||Band 4|
|Administered by:||College of Arts, Society & Education|
This subject provides an introduction to the history and philosophy of medicine and to the three broad approaches to medical anthropology: interpretive; critical; and biocultural. Medical Anthropology explores a variety of medical systems that human groups have developed through time to maintain the health of individuals and communities. Emphasis is placed on understanding health and illness as culturally and politically situated phenomena. The Western medical scientific paradigm is situated philosophically and historically as a culturally informed knowledge system to be considered comparatively. Through case studies drawn from around the world, the subject explores issues such as human-technology relationships, global health programs, drug use, addiction and mental health, theories of bodies and minds, shamanism and traditional healing practices, and the consequences of inequality on health.
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