Reviews:

Praise for earlier editions:

  • 'When with humility we are ready to use this excellent book, we will better apply our science toward improving the quality of life throughout the globe'
    -- Journal of the American Medical Association

  • 'This book can be thoroughly recommended for its fresh perspective on medical transactions'
    -- The Lancet

  • 'It is clearly written and structured, a valuable source for current references, and easily accessible to the interested general reader or student of the field'
    -- Social Sciences in Health

  • ‘Aimed at health professionals, it is an excellent, fascinating, and often entertaining introduction to the basic ideas and research in medical anthropology’
    -- British Medical Journal

  • ‘Every psychiatrist, psychologist, MRCPsych candidate, psychiatric nurse or social worker, and other psychiatric care staff should buy a copy of this valuable book’
    -- British Journal of Psychiatry

  • ‘…this is an excellent book and I recommend it not only to health professionals but also to those requiring a fundamental understanding of health in cultural settings’
    -- Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry

  • ‘This is a part of medical education too widely neglected.’
    -- Annals of Internal Medicine

  • ‘Helman draws on the field of medical anthropology to explore the relationship between cultural factors and health and illness, making use of a wide range of research studies and case histories. I would recommend it as a text for pre-registration courses and for any staff who want to increase their understanding of their patients and their own profession.’
    -- Journal of Child Health Care

  • ‘The book is clearly written and avoids the use of unnecessary jargon. It makes a good, comprehensive, introductory text for any individual who wants to obtain a fuller understanding of how people of different cultures experience health and health care.’
    -- AIDS Care

  • ‘Do you need to read this book? Yes, especially if there are obstacles in your practice that you can’t leap over.’
    -- Canadian Medical Association Journal

  • 'The success of this volume undoubtedly is due to its accessibility and easy style whilst being rich in content. Specialists and generalists and all those in a speciality, working in a multi-cultural setting should read this volume. If you read nothing else on this topic this is the volume to read. I commend it to graduate and postgraduate curricula and to researchers and clinicians alike.'
    -- International Review of Psychiatry

  • ‘I am pleased to be able to recommend the book without any hesitation to both the newcomer to the field of medical anthropology as well as the veteran scholar.’
    -- Social Science and Medicine

  • ‘Colleagues teaching medical anthropology to non-anthropologists health professionals and undergraduates will find here a useful and dependable guide to the field.’
    -- MAN: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute

  • ‘A most useful practical guide to effective treatment, planning and intervention.’
    -- Transcultural Psychiatric Research Review

  • ‘Culture, Health and Illness is a superb contribution to medical anthropology. It is densely packed with interesting information related in a clear, easily comprehended style, with insightful interpretations. As a teaching guide, it will be advantageous not only for health professionals but also for introductory courses in medical anthropology.’
    -- Medical Anthropology Quarterly

  • ‘Everyone involved in clinical work will find this book enriching and illuminating. It cannot be recommended too highly.’
    -- British Journal of General Practice

  • [It] has been a ready source for myself and others since the first edition in 1984. That this book is now available through a US distributor and has dropped in cost, while the content has grown, makes it a dream publication.
    -- Family Medicine

  • ‘In all, the book provides an intriguing glance at a set of vitally important health parameters that Western specialists are inclined to forget, parameters that relate to the lives that people live and the beliefs that they share.’
    -- World Health Forum (World Health Organisation)

  • ‘I personally have made extensive use of Culture, Health and Illness over the years in teaching medical and public health classes, and the students have uniformly found it to be an excellent, informative, and enjoyable text. It is with great enthusiasm that I highly recommend the latest edition of this best-selling modern classic. It is a reading journey well worth taking, and one that will be transformative of your views of the world.’
    -- Public Health Reports

  • ‘At postgraduate or master’s level it would constitute an invaluable course book for a specialist medical anthropology course or module and should be on any health studies or public health reading list.’
    -- Irish Medical Journal

  • ‘While primarily aimed at doctors, I think that this would be a useful book for undergraduates and qualified staff in many fields of medicine and its allied professions.’
    -- Hospital Medicine

  • ‘Those new to this text are likely to be as impressed by this third edition as others have been by the previous two; it is clear in style and comprehensive in coverage; demonstrating convincingly the extent to which neither health nor illness can be understood without an appreciation of the part played by culture in aetiology, presentation and treatment.’
    -- Sociology of Health and Illness

  • ‘This book goes a long way in clarifying many cross-cultural misunderstandings. Any doctor who sees patients from different cultures would undoubtedly benefit from this well written and easy to read book.’
    -- Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

  • ‘One of the key texts examining issues of culture, health and illness… there is a wealth of information of direct relevance to practitioners. Well structured, highly readable and contains many useful references and web site addresses. It should prove to be a useful source of information for health professionals seeking to provide more culturally sensitive care.’
    -- Journal of Community Nursing

  • ‘This book can be highly recommended as a comprehensive overview of medical anthropology written for health practitioners. ...it will make those who work with children more alert to the cultural issues that abound in the provision of health care.’
    -- Child and Adolescent Mental Health

  • ‘Public Health Medicine practitioners and Community Health doctors dealing with patients from different cultures will find this book invaluable.’
    -- Public Health

  • ‘It belongs on the desk of every health professional and medical anthropologist.’
    -- Anthropology UCLA

  • '...the text makes a useful contribution to the medical and wider health professional education literature as a teaching resource and reference.'
    -- Medical Education
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