Posts by: ahsanhas

GLOBAL HEALTH AND MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

As Paul Farmer states in his article explaining medical anthropology, it might not be “as action-packed as Indiana Jones makes it appear”. However, I would hasten to add to that for those who interested in learning about the medico-cultural approach,…

TUBERCULOSIS IN HAITI

Reading this week’s articles and listening to the lectures, it wasn’t hard to find a medical anthropologist to analyze. In fact just googling ‘medical anthropology’ and ‘global health’ serendipitously brings up results that include Dr. Paul Farmer, a prominent medical…

SOCIAL ANXIETY DISORDER

The role of medications in the past few decades have transformed from the role of providing normalization and absence of disease to becoming a customizable commodity that can provide enhancements to even healthy individuals. In the documentary “Pill Poppers”, there…

NATURE VS. CULTURE

The culture of biomedicine is a term used to describe the fact that biomedicine, despite its claims of neutrality, is in itself a culture. Cultural studies of biomedicine observe this medical construct through history, medical language and rituals involved in…

TRUE LIFE: I HAVE SCHIZOPHRENIA

The episode “I have Schizophrenia” follows the lives of three young adults as they strive to cope with this debilitating brain disease.  The narrator describes schizophrenia as the difficulty in being able differentiate and draw clear lines between reality and…

POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

The professor, in lecture one talked about motherhood and how subjective postpartum depression was in terms of a woman’s perceptions of her symptoms and her doctors willingness to term the collective of her symptoms as postpartum depression. Culturally, though this…

Hwa-Byung syndrome in Korean women

The article I found was related to a research into treatment of patients suffering from the culture bound syndrome ‘Hwa-Byung’, which seems to afflict middle aged Korean women with low socioeconomic status and low education levels. The title of the…

“Sick Around the World”

The documentary “Sick around the World” follows correspondent T.R. Reid as he travels around the world looking at the health systems of five different countries, England, Japan, Germany, Taiwan and Switzerland. The healers in this documentary could be considered the…

BECOMING AMERICAN

I took the health Equity Quiz twice and the first time I only got a 2 as I was rushing through the answers. I took the test again a second time when I realized that I had to post my…