I find this to be the most interesting and useful approach for studying Anthropology for me because of the way I am able to relate. Being a Philosophy major, I have an interest in ethics of all realms. Using cultural foundations of medicine as well as science to understand why things are done the way they are, and are culturally acceptable in some communities but unacceptable in others is a great way for me to grasp Anthropology in a way that I have some previous understanding of.
Illness and disease seems a bit difficult to grasp but I think I understand. Illness is something that is influenced or effective by “the human experience” allowing cultural norms to be factored in. Disease is influenced by western civilization. It is more of a physical problem with no factoring of cultural influences.
Miner is talking about the cultural background of North America as described in the second paragraph of the article and then clarified once again when talking about George Washington.
It mentions that the rich are concerned with their appearance and that includes that of their house. In rich families they can afford stone for their “shrine rooms” but poor people often try to “imitate” such rooms with look a like stone. I think this shows that the rich are valued in the community and the poor are not internally happy with their life and are constantly seeking approval or a way to become like those they admire.
Also they talk about the importance of medicine men and how if they were not around no one would understand how to read the ingredients that are needed to better one’s appearance. They are crucial in this process.
The importance of the mouth’s appearance is also necessary in this society. I do see this being a realistic claim as it is emphasized in our culture to take care of this from the moment we are born. It just goes back to the focus on our looks to be a good, accepted member of society.