I chose clinical medical anthropology as my area to investigate further. I chose this because I am considering going to medical school after graduation. If I do choose to enter the field of medicine I think a good foundation in clinical medical anthropology would help me to be a better physician.
I think taking an anthropological approach in a hospital setting when surrounded by doctors and nurses is very important. The doctors and nurses hired by the hospital were only trained to heal with science and facts of the biomedicine world. Their training does not include cultural complexities we are facing in today’s world now that globalization is happening more rapidly. In the article this week, Anthropology in the Clinic, it states that cultural processes include the embodiment of meaning in psychophysiological reaction, the development of interpersonal attachments, the serious performance of religious practices, common-sense interpretation, and the cultivation of collective and individual identity. Doctors and nurses are unequipped with the knowledge of each culture and how a patient will react to each treatment option provided to them. If an anthologist gets involved then the different situations are better understood and a patient can receive the best treatment for their individual needs related to their culture and self-identity. Also I think it is important for NGOs and other aid that may be provided to be looked at with an anthropological approach. Like in the lecture when bed nets were given to protect people from disease carrying mosquitoes that could infect people with malaria. The providers of the bed nets did not understand why the intended users where not using them or were doing so incorrectly. When they took a step back and view the situation as an anthropologist then they got their answer and with an answer come an understanding in how to fix the situation. With a fix like the bed nets more lives can be saved. There are many more examples and more many more reasons why one should take an anthropological approach in a hospital setting or when talking with NGOs.