Posts by: blockbre

HIV in Malawi

HIV is perhaps the most global health problem to date. According to the AVERT website, HIV currently effects almost one million of Malawi’s fourteen million inhabitants. It contributes to the countries low life expectancy of 54 years old, and is…

Clinical Medical Anthropology

I chose clinical medical anthropology because it relates the closest to my future profession. I also think it is a good topic to talk about because it is an evolving field that has already helped close the misunderstandings between cultures…

Depression

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vfSFXKlnO0 This advertisement for Zoloft is in my opinion pretty convincing. I think it is targeting those who don’t realize they have it, and those who would normally try to correct the symptoms on their own. It says things like,…

Healthy vs. Unhealthy

I had never thought much about biomedicine being culturally specific. The more I thought about it, the more I realized how true it was. Biomedicine is something very common to western civilizations in particular, so common that many of us…

I have Social Anxiety

“I have Social Anxiety” is a True Life episode that portrays the stories of two people suffering with social anxiety. Scott, a 26 year old still living at home discusses his illness as a restitution narrative. He was not effected…

Taijin Kyofuso in the East

Though it is similar to the anxiety experienced all over the world, I think that Taijin Kyofuso is a culture-bound syndrome because it is different than anxiety experienced in western civilizations. Anxiety, in my opinion is very dependent on culture….

Shamans in Mongolia

I chose to reflect on the film “The Horse Boy”, mainly because of how interesting I found it. The film opens up with the story of a couple meeting over seas and their story up until the birth of their…

Collateral Damage

I got roughly a 50% on the Health Equity Quiz. I found the first question about where America’s life expectancy stood in comparison to other countries the most surprising, especially when I saw which countries were ahead of us. I…