Medicine, Rationality and Experience: An Anthropological Perspective

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Cambridge University Press, 1994 - Social Science - 242 pages
Biomedicine is often thought to provide a universal scientific account of the human body and illness. In this view, non-Western and folk medical system are regarded as system of 'belief' and and subtly discounted.
 

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Contents

Medical anthropology and the problem of belief
1
Illness representations in medical anthropology a reading of the field
25
How medicine constructs its objects
65
Semiotics and the study of medical reality
88
The body illness experience and the lifeworld a phenomenological account of chronic pain
116
The narrative representation of illness
135
Aesthetics rationality and medical anthropology
166
Notes
185
References
208
Author Index
234
Subject Index
239
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