Posts by: cranejus

Clinical Medical Anthropology

I have decided to focus on clinical medical anthropology because of the current stance in medicine. In the past few years there has been a new awareness to the importance of culture in caring for patients. As we read a…

HIV in Malawi

The transmission of HIV from recently pregnant mothers to their newborn babies through breast feeding is a significant problem in Malawi. The people of Malawi have followed advice from the World Health Organization (WHO), even though this information has changed…

Male/Female

When we discuss the “culture of biomedicine” we are speaking about the brand of healthcare that most Americans prescribe to. In countries all around the world there are different forms of ethnomedicine that people appeal to during health crisis. Here…

Male Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression typically occurs in women who have recently given birth to a child. This type of depression typically stems from feeling like an inadequate parent, and can lead to developmental lapses in a newborn’s growth. The article, “Depression in…

“I Have NF”

I watched the episode of True Life that focused on three teenagers suffering from neurofibromatosis, NF. This disease causes tumors of all sizes to grow on areas of a person’s body where they impair growth and function. The individuals documented…

Shaman in California

I’ve decided to summarize the New York Times article, “A Doctor for Disease, a Shaman for the Soul.” I feel this article is highly depictive of the current relation between modern medicine and religious healing. We live in an era…

Baridi in Tanzania

Baridi is a culture bound syndrome that affects the Bena people of Ilembula village in Tanzania. Previous research by Juntunen (2002) provided information about the construction of the Ilembula village and some of its values. This village is the aggregation…

Skin Caner Among Caucasians

  This image was obtained from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/statistics/race.htm I self-identify as a caucasian male based on my family history, place of residence and physical appearance. I come from an entirely caucasian, fair-skinned family…