Posts by: Amy

HIV/AIDS in Malawi

In Malawi, HIV/AIDs is the leading cause of death of adults and a definite factor for the low life expectancy of 54.2 years.  During the time that Malawi was ruled by President Banda, little attention was paid to the rise…

Clinical Medical Anthropology

This intersection relates to my life because I am pursuing a career as a physician’s assistant. Clinical medical anthropology applies to my personal interests because in my future work field it is crucial to approach each patient as a different,…

Erectile Dysfunction

At first our society was medicalized with Pencillin antibiotics which opened opportunities and research for discovering other medications that helped control our bodies and behavior.  This medicalization gave doctors the utmost authority in being the “gatekeepers” of prescription medications, and…

Life/Death

By saying “culture of biomedicine” we are illustrating that even though biomedicine is supposedly the explanation of health in terms of biology, physiology, and our organ systems, that it really is not only explained with these terms and is instead…

I Have Social Anxiety

The True Life episode: I Have Social Anxiety is about Nonie,21, and Scott, 26, who both have a social anxiety disorder. Nonie has had this condition for her whole life; essentially all social interactions give her great anxiety.  Part of…

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is the medical condition in which there is widespread pain across one’s body and can also be accompanied by other symptoms varying between individuals like bowl/bladder issues, fatigue,  tingling and numbness, flu-like symptoms, pseudo-heart attacks, and much more.  Because…

Dhat Syndrome in India

Dhat is the condition of semen-loss anxiety and was a predominant culture-bound syndrome in India and also has been reported in Sri Lanka.  Dhat has been termed as an “exotic neurosis of the Orient.”  The symptoms of the semen-loss anxiety…

Clown Doctors in NYC

The article that I am choosing to reflect on is the Clown Doctors: Shaman Healers of Western Medicine.  This article described the purpose of the Clown Care Unit (CCU) who are professional clowns based in New York that go from…

Cystic Fibrosis among White Americans

  CDC. Cystic Fibrosis Clinical Validity. September 10, 2007.   Cystic Fibrosis is a very prevalent hereditary disease within the Caucasian population in the United States. Cystic Fibrosis is characterized as the accumulation of thick, sticky mucus that damages organs…