The Anthropology of Health and Healing is the first text to take an
integrative approach to the discipline of medical anthropology. In
this book, Mari Womack champions a practice of medicine that
includes the maintenance of health as well as treatment of illness,
emphasizing the importance of lifestyle and the life cycle.
The Anthropology of Health and Healing beautifully - and accessibly - draws upon new knowledge from such wide-ranging fields as biology, psychology, epidemiology, public health, health services research and human development, along with core insights from anthropology itself, to provide a comprehensive overview of how nature and nurture interact in diverse settings to shape individuals' own illness experiences, along with global patterns of health and disease. The book achieves rare balance in its attention not simply to what makes us sick but to what keeps us healthy, as well. -- Carole H. Browner, UCLA The Anthropology of Health and Healing signals a shift from earlier conceptions of medical anthropology to a more comprehensive approach to illness and health. Writing with ease about allele frequency, cultural relativism, or the message of the Vedas, Mari Womack is a wise companion for this dazzling historical journey through the human and biological sciencessss -- Shirley Lindenbaum, CUNY The Anthropology of Health and Healing signals a shift from earlier conceptions of medical anthropology to a more comprehensive approach to illness and health. Writing with ease about allele frequency, cultural relativism, or the message of the Vedas, Mari Womack is a wise companion for this dazzling historical journey through the human and biological sciences -- Shirley Lindenbaum, CUNY
Mari Womack is a research scholar at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women and adjunct professor of anthropology at El Camino College.
Chapter 1 Preface: A Tribute to My Teachers Chapter 2 Introduction: The Anthropology of Health and Healing Part 3 Part I. The Psychobiology of Health and Healing Chapter 4 Chapter 1. Models of the Body the Self and the Human Experience Chapter 5 Chapter 2. Constructing Gender: The Body in Social Context Chapter 6 Chapter 3. The Biology of Psychology and the Psychology of Biology Chapter 7 Chapter 4. Metaphor Labeling Theory and the Placebo Effect Part 8 Part II. Maintaining Health and Healing the Whole Person Chapter 9 Chapter 5. The Human Life Cycle: Coming of Age Chapter 10 Chapter 6. The Human Life Cycle: The Reproductive Years Chapter 11 Chapter 7. The Human Life Cycle: Growing Old and Growing Good Chapter 12 Chapter 8. Lifestyle and Health Part 13 Part III. Models of Diagnosis and Treatment Chapter 14 Chapter 9. Biomedicine and the Scientific Approach Chapter 15 Chapter 10. Restoring the Balance: Asian Models of Health and Healing Chapter 16 Chapter 11. Calling on the Spirits: Shamans Sorcerers and Mediums Chapter 17 Chapter 12. The Emerging Field of Integrative Medicine Part 18 Part IV. Contemporary Issues in Health and Healing Chapter 19 Chapter 13. The Social Context of Epidemics Chapter 20 Chapter 14. Medicines Herbs and Dietary Supplements Chapter 21 Chapter 15. Public Policy and Health-Care Delivery Systems Chapter 22 Notes Chapter 23 Glossary Chapter 24 References Chapter 25 Index