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University of Toronto St. George
Bianca Dahl

ANTC61- Lecture 2- Sep 18, 2012 Kleinman – worked as a doctor. Also influential in his ethnography of China > Looks at mental illness in people in China. > claiming that its not enough to master the relevant biology, especially when treating chronic illness > Due to his efforts, healing (along with curing) has gotten hold in the medical establishment ILLNESS • By invoking the term illness, I mean to conjure up the innately human experience of symptoms and suffering. • Illness is The ways in which a patient and family experience a praise and interpret their symptoms • A patient goes in and has a cluster of symptoms in his mind • Pain-scale smily faces -> variation • The language we use can be used to describe or conceptualize • The interpretation of symptoms by the patient and his/her family • Even rational-scientific, highly educated Westerners have folk illness understanding DISEASE • In the practitioner's act of recasting illness as disease, something essential to the experience of chronic illness is lost; it is not legitimated as a subject for clinical concern nor does it receive an intervention • > Context is lost; if you come in with lower back pain and headaches, dr. Might give you a prescription, not necessarily telling you what's causing that pain (i.e. Person might be working a factor job because bending over too much or stress from issues in family life) • The dr. Comes with a very different set of interventions • The medical dr. Has been trained to understand biological notions of what happens inside your body • Clinician says there an is everyday 'priority strcture' of clinical medicine means health care systems do not routinely inquire into the meanings of illnesses for the sufferers SICKNESS • the understanding of a disorder in its generic sense across a population in relation to macrosocial (economic, political, institutional) forces • > how much is the flu going to cost the community • > Tuberculosis: more likely to get this if you live in poor conditions • Lung cancer (cigarette smoking) • Maps onto the 3 type of body that NSH and ML discussed-- the body politic CRITIQUES? • Biomedicine isn't coherent, not is it a truth against folk falsehoods • Also, not the only kind of culture clash in medicine • Implies that medicine is itself less of a cultural system- unequal treatment of biomedicine as culture THIBAMO • Parents have more of the stigma than the children • Why 2 parents with the exact same genetic material can have children with a totally different genetic makeup  different cultures have different understandings of illness  when they mix bodily fluids with different people (cheating with other people), they would have child birth defects > sociocentric: mixing the social aspects with the biological MORE CONCEPTS • Illness problems (4) • Illness narrratives (xiii) • Illness complaints (5) • Bodily idioms • Dialectic at the heart of healing (xiv) : when there are 2 opposite forces; when the two forces comes together, the system seems more work ; better result in the end ILLNESS MEANINGS • One: Symptom as symptom: • > Words matter in how you describe symptoms • >Social experience is embodied in the way we feel and experience our bodily states and appear to others (social body) • > Social values affect how we treat our
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