Posts by: palffyal

Suicide among young Inuit men in Nunavut

Nunavut is a frigid, sparsely populated territory in Canada.  It is  the size of Mexico but has a population less than East Lansing’s.  The majority of the inhabitants are Inuits, or native Canadians.  Much like Native Americans, the Inuit have…

Clinical medical anthropology

Clinical medical anthropology embodies a system of thought that physicians need to embrace more frequently.  Medical schools realize this as well as many have started to encourage applicants to take social science classes in addition to their rigorous science curriculum…

Mind/body

The culture of biomedicine is the state of our health and disease are thought of and treated currently.  Biomedicine is developed from knowledge of biochemistry and human physiology that allows theories of drug interactions to develop.  Since the 1990s there…

Adult ADHD

In American society there appears to be a pill for everything.  My mother is in remission from cancer, a diabetic, and has heart disease.  The amount of medicine she takes is absurd, but it is not far from normal.  It…

True Life: I’m a heroin addict

True Life: I’m Addicted to Heroin follows three young adults who have become addicted to injecting heroin.  Only one of the three seemed to recognize his addiction as an illness and was genuine in his pursuit of treating it plus…

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is an extremely complex syndrome that is poorly understood and seemingly mysterious to both patients and health care providers.  The syndrome manifests itself as pain all over the body, frequently occurring in different areas on different days and connected…

Susto in Hispanic America

Susto is a culture bound syndrome found in Hispanic populations from Texas through Central America.  The symptoms include apathy and depression and it is attributed (by the culture) to the soul (or a spirit) leaving the body.  The case studies…

In Dependent Solutions

On the Health Equity Quiz I got 5/10 of the questions right, but I didn’t beat myself up over it. A lot of the questions I was familiar with before because I’m aware of the disparities in health (and wealth)….