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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTC61H3
Professor
Sikstrom
Semester
Summer

Description
Kau Faito Article: A film on the medical anthropology of Tonga. The major concern of the film is the society’s inability to keep up with modernization and prevent the loss of traditional medicine. However when you read the article written by Leslie, she believes Tonga’s traditional medicine is striving to not compete but work alongside modern medicines and adapt/adopt new methods of creating traditional medicines with progressive knowledge of the medical systems of today. Traditional medicine is a part of tongan culture and therefore is shown how it is used within society. Eg., Key aspects of traditional healing include the idea that the recipes have been honed over centuries and passed down through families. The power to heal is described as gender neutral (including midwifery), a gift from God, and therefore different from the more transactional approach of biomedicine. Treatment is public, may have an audience, and is free (the fact that this is also true for hospital & government health clinics is omitted). Payment is described as shameful, and while thank-you gifts are acceptable, healers do not make their living with their gifts. All in all, there are six healers that are shown in action in this film. From broken bones to fertility specialist, all using traditions techniques that help to increase healing. Good Learning medicine: The article breaks down the art of learning medicine from the very beginning, as students of medicine at Harvard. The research study, under the program called “ The new pathway to medical education” looked into several fundamental principles that allow for proper medical practices. The human body integrated anatomy, histology, and radiology in a design that provided the basic principles governing the organization of the human body from the molecular to the organismic level. Second, the students learned about caring and competence, two themes that are reflections of contemporary American medicine. Third the students are taught to treat the patients as reconstructions within the medical gaze or within med
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