Class Notes (835,600)
Canada (509,275)
Anthropology (1,586)
ANTC61H3 (76)

Lecture 1.docx

3 Pages
Unlock Document

Peter Skrivanic

ANTC61H Lecture 1 January 10, 2011 Themes - Names have a cultural meaning - Biomedicine – allopathic and homeopathic medicine - Japan – prescriptions in German – took on medicine from Germany when developing - Use language as a barrier from the public but as authority for the physicians - Medical pleuralism – social environment with many resources that give different understandings of illness so how do people choose which one - Being labeled as with illness impacts socially Positioning Medical Anthropology Historical Roots of MA - Four field model – physical/bio, archeo, linguistic, sociocultural anthro - Medical is the fifth field - Studies of ethnomedicine o Small scale societies o Many ritual practices o Witchcraft o Shaumenism o They were described in detail o 70s – anthropologists directed attention to more complex medicine, and particularly Asian medicine – long standing traditions o Study of comparative medicine – ethnomedicine - Cultural and personality studies o Anthropologists and psychiatrists o Relationship between adult personality and sociocultural environment o Does the place where you live shape your personality o Transculturalcomparison o How to account of mental disorders which are localized o Mental disorders among different people o Why do they exist in particular people o What in local context was shaping this - Cooperation with international public health ventures o Post WWII as US development efforts expanded into Asia, Africa o People realized first world solutions don’t work in third world context o Can’t transplant medical process because cultural gets in the way o Worked along with public health personnel, to educate, and show that our medicine is not culture free - Physical anthro – not in this course o Work with pathologists, epidemiologists o Used biomedicine approach o In forensics, nutrition, development o Comparative anatomy o Strongmedical component o Idea of evolution and adaptation o Medical ecology – how disease operate in a particular environment o Sickle cell anemia – why is it existing – the trait confers immunity to malaria o Genetic evolutionary approach Other Influences - Feminism o Patriarchal power in biomedicine o Why is child birth medicalize o Rights and women’s rights o Abortion, euthanasia o Critical about power structures - Humanist ideals o Increasing technology and decreasing person
More Less

Related notes for ANTC61H3

Log In


Join OneClass

Access over 10 million pages of study
documents for 1.3 million courses.

Sign up

Join to view


By registering, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policies
Already have an account?
Just a few more details

So we can recommend you notes for your school.

Reset Password

Please enter below the email address you registered with and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Add your courses

Get notes from the top students in your class.