The area of applied medical anthropology that I chose to further examine is clinical medical anthropology. Clinical medical anthropology involves my personal interests and future plans because I aspire to be a physician. Applied medical anthropology is critical in a clinical setting because as a clinician one will come across all types of people, cultures, norms, and practices. As a physician, it will be important for me to approach each patient with a mindset separating the situation from what I am accustomed to, to most effectively benefit the patient. I know that it would be important to try to understand as much as I could about the patient to treat them to the best of my ability. The Tribal Jazzman Scholar video from this week put some things into perspective for me and helped me grasp the importance of anthropology in a clinical medical setting. One example that was talked about in this video told the story of a woman living in Peru in the 1970s that came up with an intervention plan to stop the incidence of sickness due to E.coli. She put on a campaign to teach women to boil water before drinking to kill the bugs. When she returned some time after, she was puzzled by the people continuing to drink the water without boiling, and continuing to get sick. The problem with the woman’s plan from this example was that she did not approach the situation from an anthropological standpoint. Turns out that the people believed there to be a spirit in water essential that was essential for them, that would be destroyed by boiling the water. Thus, they chose to not boil the water and continue to get sick. This woman thought that she was providing assistance with her plan, however was not aware of the customs of the people she was trying to help, thus demonstrating the importance of approaching such situations from a anthropological view.