Posts by: Francesca bignasci

HIV/AIDS in Malawi

Malawi is a country in southeast Africa that is among the world’s least-developed countries. This country has a high adult prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS, “15.4% of 15-49 year olds are infected with HIV and about 18-26% of pregnant women are…

Clinical Medical Anthropology

Clinical medical anthropology intersection applies to many of my personal interests and future career goals. Once I graduate from Michigan State this fall semester, I will be applying to medical school out West. Many of the states out West have…

Erectile Dysfunction

“Over the course of your lifetime you will be prescribed 14,000 pills..” (Pill Poppers). The role of medication in society is to keep you healthy longer but more importantly, quicker. For example, antibiotics are suppose to speed up the recovery…

Male/Female

As stated in the video posted for week 5 lecture 1, biomedicine is the “dominant form of ethnomedicine in the West.” The word commonly heard in society instead of “biomedicine” is allopathic medicine. Biomedicine focuses on learning about the body’s…

Post-Partum Depression

Post-partum depression is clinical depression, which can affect women and men, which typically arises after childbirth. Symptoms include “changes in relationships, lack of sleep and worries about ones ability to be a mother” which are stated in Experiencing Illness. Some…

I have Orthorexia

Orthorexia nervosa is an eating disorder, which consists of extreme preoccupation with avoiding foods that are seen to be unhealthy or sanitary.  In the episode, True Life: I have Orthorexia, three people are analyzed. All three people are all quest…

Ghost Illness among Native Americans

Ghost illness is a culture-bound syndrome. “Spirits or “ghosts” may be viewed as being directly or indirectly linked to the cause of an event, accident, or illness, and this may occur irrespective of biomedical etiologic views.” (Putsch) In Western medicine,…

Clown Doctors of New York City

In the article, Clown Doctors: Shaman Healers of Western Medicine written by Linda Miller Van Blerkom explains the origin, techniques and benefits of Clown Doctors in New York City hospitals. The article illustrates the difference between non-Western medicine focuses verses…

Cystic Fibrosis among White Americans

PerkinElmer Inc., “Cystic Fibrosis Carrier Typing .” Last modified 2013. Accessed July 10, 2013. http://www.ntdlabs.com/molecular-testing/. The health disparity that I found to be disproportionally prevalent among white Americans was cystic fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects…