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Medicine, Rationality and Experience

Medicine, Rationality and Experience
An Anthropological Perspective

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Part of Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures

  • Date Published: December 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521425766

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  • Biomedicine is often thought to provide a scientific account of the human body and of illness. In this view, non-Western and folk medical systems are regarded as systems of 'belief' and subtly discounted. This is an impoverished perspective for understanding illness and healing across cultures, one that neglects many facets of Western medical practice and obscures its kinship with healing in other traditions. Drawing on his research in several American and Middle Eastern medical settings, in this 1993 book Professor Good develops a critical, anthropological account of medical knowledge and practice. He shows how physicians and healers enter and inhabit distinctive worlds of meaning and experience. He explores how stories or illness narratives are joined with bodily experience in shaping and responding to human suffering and argues that moral and aesthetic considerations are present in routine medical practice as in other forms of healing.

    • A unique general theoretical text in medical anthropology
    • Will appeal to a market beyond anthropologists, especially doctors and medical students in training
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    • Date Published: December 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521425766
    • length: 262 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Medical anthropology and the problem of belief
    2. Illness representations in medical anthropology: a reading of the field
    3. How medicine constructs its objects
    4. Semiotics and the study of medical reality
    5. The body, illness experience, and the lifeworld: a phenomenological account of chronic pain
    6. The narrative representation of illness
    7. Aesthetics, rationality and medical anthropology.

  • Author

    Byron J. Good, Harvard University, Massachusetts

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