Posts by: Dan Wright

HIV/AIDS in Namibia

While no one is exactly sure of how, where or when HIV (Human immunodeficiency virus) or AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) first originated, today it is one of the most infamous and closely studied illnesses in the world.  Today it is…

Global Health and Medical Anthropology

I chose to investigate further the intersection of global health and medical anthropology.  This interests me because of my love of travel.  I am currently working on a degree in physiology along with an additional major in anthropology.  I hope…

Obesity

As western (mainly American) culture leans most heavily on biomedicine for healthcare, the role of medication is immense.  Logically, medicalization predated biomedicalization as it is first necessary to cure the body’s threatening illnesses before we can choose additional improvements.  Now…

Life/Death

The phrase “culture of biomedicine” tells about the two-way relationship between societal norms, practices and opinions and the medical healthcare system.  It describes how culture and medicine influence one another.  Biomedicine, that is health in terms of biology, is the…

Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is a widely used term to describe long term or recurring physical discomfort.  Obviously, pain and even chronic pain are caused by many unrelated conditions.  In the film “Placebo: Cracking the Code” two chronic pain patients were introduced…

Hwa-Byung in Korean immigrants

Hwa-Byung is a culture bound syndrome found in four to twelve percent of women with South Korean heritage.  Literally the terms means “anger disease” and is so named because when elderly women of Korean culture suppress anger, frustration, hate, or…

Shamans in Mongolia

In the film “Horse Boy” a married couple takes their autistic son, Rowan to Mongolia.  Both husband and wife traveled the world with their jobs before having their son and since then their lives have changed dramatically.  The husband, Rupert…