Health & Illness
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Health & Illness
Measurable pathological condition of the body.
The feeling of not being normal and healthy is known as ______.
True/False: Perceptions of disease are highly culture related while illness usually is not. If false, why?
False. Illness is highly culture related.
Define medical anthropology.
The study of socio-cultural and biological dimensions of health and illness.
1. Illness and healing are ________ human experiences.
2. Disease is influenced by _______ specific behaviors and ______-_______ circumstances.
3. Body & symptoms are interpreted through our ______ filters.
4. Culture plays a key role in the acceptance and use of ____ ______.
The beliefs, values, practices and knowledge enabling members to understand, diagnose, and treat health & illness are known as _____ ________.
Biomedicine is the medical system in _____ societies.
Culturally specific medical systems in non-Western societies.
Ethnomedicine is also known as ______ medicine.
In ethnomedicine, what are diseases caused by?
An imbalance, lack of harmony between humans and/or environment and/or supernatural.
Who acts as healers?
Shamans and traditional healers.
What are shamans?
People who communicate with the spirit world and act as a mediator between humans and the spirit world.
What do shamans do? (4 things)
Divine the future
Diagnose and treat diseases
Interpret causes of death
Ensure the fidelity of women
What is a folk illness?
Illness that is culturally specific, often only infecting a certain group of people in society.
Folk illness is also known as ______-_____ syndrome.
What is susto?
Fright; a sudden, unexpected event frightens a person, producing anxiety.
Susto is most common in ____ and _____.
Symptoms include: (5 symptoms)
Loss of appetite
Nausea or diarrhea
Define evil eye.
The state of a strong person drains the power and/or status of weaker persons.
What do symptoms include? (4 symptoms)
Crying for no reason
Attack of the nerves.
What do symptoms include?
Convulsions, seizures, trembling
Uncontrollable burst of anger
"Hot and Cold Foods"
What does this term refer to?
Specific qualities attributed to certain types of food which affect the overall health of the person and are used to treat illnesses.
True/False: In all societies, birth is a cultural event, not just a biological one. If false, why?
Traditionally, to what group have births been restricted to?
Men and children.
Birth in the United States
It is seen as a _____ condition requiring the expertise of physicians.
Traditional Birth Attendants
What is the estimate of babies delived by TBAs?