Epidemiology and Culture

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Oktober 2008



Demonstrating how practitioners in the emerging field of "cultural epidemiology" describe human health, communicate with diverse audiences, and intervene to improve health and prevent disease, this book uses textual and statistical portraits of disease to describe interdisciplinary collaborations. Interpreting epidemiology as a cultural practice helps to reveal the ways in which measurement, causal thinking, and intervention design are influenced by belief, habit, and theories of power.


1. Introduction; 2. The origins of an integrated approach in anthropology and epidemiology; 3. Disease patterns and assumptions: unpacking variables; 4. Cultural issues in measurement and bias; 5. Anthropological contributions to the study of cholera; 6. Anthropological and epidemiological collaboration to help communities become healthier; 7. Perceiving and representing risk; 8. Conclusion.


James A. Trostle is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Urban Initiatives at Trinity College, Hartford. He has worked in more than 35 countries during his career in international health, and has been invited to lecture in several others. He has co-authored, in Spanish, De la Investigacion en Salud a la Politica: La Dificil Traduccion (From Health Research to Policy: The Difficult Translation). He has published in Health, Policy and Planning; Neurology; The Annual Review of Anthropology; Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry; Medical Anthropology Quarterly; and most frequently in Social Science & Medicine. Professor Trostle has been a Temporary Advisor to the World Health Organization, and presently sits on a WHO Task Force on Research to Policy as well as on the WHO Human Reproduction Programme Regional Advisory Panel for the Americas.


'The strength of this book lies in its broad scope that covers history, methods, case studies, and current issues. Each chapter has a further reading list and importantly, Trostle provides comprehensive references which include some of the most seminal research studies in the fields of social medicine, social epidemioloy, and medical anthropology ... Trostle's book is the first that I am aware of that provides such a broad and accessible review of the history and current state of the field of culture/medical anthropology.' Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy
EAN: 9780521790505
ISBN: 0521790506
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Studies in Medical A'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2008
Seitenanzahl: 232 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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