Table of contents

  • Preface to the 5th Edition

  • Chapter 1: Introduction: the scope of medical anthropology
  • Chapter 2: The body: cultural definitions of anatomy and physiology
  • Chapter 3: Diet and Nutrition
  • Chapter 4: Caring and curing: the sectors of health care
  • Chapter 5: Doctor-patient interactions
  • Chapter 6: Gender and reproduction
  • Chapter 7: Pain and culture
  • Chapter 8: Culture and pharmacology: drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Chapter 9: Ritual and the management of misfortune
  • Chapter 10: Cross-cultural psychiatry
  • Chapter 11: Cultural aspects of stress and suffering
  • Chapter 12: Migration, globalization and health
  • Chapter 13: Telemedicine and the internet
  • Chapter 14: New bodies, new selves: genetics and biotechnology
  • Chapter 15: Cultural factors in epidemiology
  • Chapter 16: The AIDS pandemic
  • Chapter 17: Tropical diseases: malaria and leprosy
  • Chapter 18: Medical anthropology and global health
  • Chapter 19: New research methods in medical anthropology


  • Appendix: Journals and websites
  • Author index
  • Subject index
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