By James A. Trostle
Demonstrating how practitioners within the rising box of ''cultural epidemiology'' describe human health and wellbeing, speak with diversified audiences, and interfere to enhance health and wellbeing and forestall ailment, this publication makes use of textual and statistical snap shots of sickness to explain interdisciplinary collaborations. reading epidemiology as a cultural perform is helping to bare the ways that dimension, causal pondering, and intervention layout are encouraged by way of trust, behavior, and theories of strength.
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These passages highlight the distance between what people know from their doctors about their epilepsy and what they would like to know about their epilepsy. Esther is concerned about the absence of a label for her condition and about whether to call it a “normal” disease. George wants to find who or what is responsible for his seizures. He struggles between his doctor’s offer of chemistry as culprit and his social worker’s implicit suggestion that seizures are brought on by his own anxiety. Studies I later did in Ecuador and Kenya among people with epileptic seizures showed they had quite different interpretations of their illness.
Anthropology and Epidemiology. Dordrecht: Reidel. Stolley P. D. and T. Lasky. 1995. Investigating Disease Patterns: The Science of Epidemiology. New York: Scientific American Library. Young T. K. 1998. Population Health: Concepts and Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press. xml CY477B/Trostle 2 0 521 79050 6 May 6, 2005 1:23 The Origins of an Integrated Approach in Anthropology and Epidemiology Medical anthropology and epidemiology began from a common objective, namely to explain the health of human populations using observational techniques.
Factory production fostered urban migration and hazardous working conditions, while scientists and social activists, attuned to the upheaval, examined the impact of these changes on human health. In parallel, a broad set of theoretical, technological, and bureaucratic developments during the nineteenth century helped to create a focus on disease in populations. In the eighteenth century the medical research had shifted from an emphasis on bodily humors such as blood and bile to a concern with bodily structures such as hearts and skin; only then did health-related research come to focus on specific diseases (Shryock 1961:94).
Epidemiology and Culture by James A. Trostle