Posts by: bieberdy

Clinical Medical Anthropology.

I chose to examine this field of ┬ámedical anthropology more closely because of my desire to work as a doctor. As a doctor, it is important to take care of your patients both physically and mentally. At times, it would…

Obesity in the United States

Obesity in the United States has been becoming more and more common in the last few decades. Today, 35.7 percent of US adults are classified as obese. Obesity is not just a high BMI or a large amount of subcutaneous…

Difficulty Sleeping

American Culture puts extreme emphasis on health and wellbeing. In our society, medications seem to be the fastest, cheapest, and easiest way to stay healthy. People who are not perfectly healthy are often stigmatized against. For example, from the documentary…

Male/female

I believe that the “culture of biomedicine” is an allusion to American culture. According to part one of this week’s lecture, biomedicine is the dominant form of ethnomedicine in the west. In America, healthcare is run as a for profit…

I have social anxiety

This episode of True Life follows and presents the stories of two people in their mid-twenties, named Nonie and Scott. Nonie explains how she has had social anxiety all her life. As a small child, even the presence of relatives…

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a condition that heavily affects mood. Those suffering from bipolar disorder alternate between periods of mania and depression. Those who experience a less severe form of mania, also called hypomania, appear to be energetic, and excitable. These…

Obesity in Mauritanian Women

There is a country in Africa situated between Senegal and the Western Sahara called Mauritania. In this country, women cannot find a husband if they are not overweight. Mauritanian men view thinness as a sign of malnourishment, and therefore, poverty….

Shamans in Western Medicine

In the New York Times article “A Doctor for Disease, a Shaman for the Soul,” the author describes how patients of the Hmong culture, which originates in norther Laos, are receiving treatment medically, as well as spiritually. At Mercy Medical…

Skin Cancer Among White Americans

This graph compares the incidence rates of Melanoma among different ethnical populations in Los Angeles County, USA. Melanoma is a form of cancer that affects the skin. There are three main types of skin cancer which are basal cell carcinoma,…