Clinical Medical Anthropologist

If I were to further investigate an area of applied medical
anthropology it would be Clinical medical anthropology because of my
own person fascination with the health. I also would find this area
most helpful in my pursuit to be a physical therapist. I believe that
ones culture and beliefs can make a difference on whether they truly
feel healed or can recover from an injury. With further
investigation, we can combine the culture with medical practices and
have the greatest benefits for the patient.

Working for a doctor as a clinical medical anthropologist could be
very beneficial for the doctor. The language used in translating what
is occurring in their bodies could be better understood by the
patient.  It would also allow the doctor to treat the patient in a
way that does not conflict with their cultural values. Very similar
to how a priest may come to visit the sick in the hospital and pray
for the patient, the same could be done with other cultures. It is
much like how we learned of  shamans being allowed in hospitals to
perform various rituals for the sake of the patients. Being a
clinical medical anthropologist would allow us to use the
ethnomedical approach and  explain why a patient did not initially
consult a physician when the first symptoms occurred. This would help
with what treatment options would be best for the patient because the
doctor would know how their culture feels about medications, therapy,
and so forth.

In providing services to the doctor, the patient benefits from
having complete understanding of how to go about the situation with
their culture taken into consideration. The patient will also be able
to tell their illness narratives without feeling stereotyped and
someone realizing why this is considered an illness to them. If a
doctor was to encounter Kuru in America and was unaware of the
cultural ritual of eating the flesh of a recently deceased family
member,  he would not know the meaning behind the action or how it
came about.  They may even consider it to be an epidemic of some
sort. Clinical Medical anthropologist would cause the blurred lines
between patient and physician to be clear so that there is no longer
misunderstandings.

 

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