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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTHROP 1AA3
Professor
Karen Slonim
Semester
Fall

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Chapter 4 – Illness and Death Ethnomedicine  Ethnomedicine used to be the study of cross-cultural health systems which has been a focus of research  Health system includes: perceptions and classifications of health problems, prevention measures, diagnosis, healing (magical, religious, scientific, healing substances), and healers  In 1960 -> Ethnomedicine referred only to non-Western health systems (a.k.a. primitive medicine)  Contemporary Western biomedicine (WBM) – a healing approach based on modern Western science hat emphasizes technology in diagnosing and treating health problems related to the human body  Medical anthropologists study WBM as a cultural system intimately bound to Western values  Thus, the current meaning of the term ethnomedicine encompasses health systems everywhere Defining and Classifying Health Problems  Western labels don’t correspond to the labels in other cultural
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