Posts by: Taylor Young

HIV in Malawi

  The first case of AIDS in Malawi was in 1985. Between 1985 and 1993, HIV occurrence among women tested at urban clinics rose from a mere 2% to 30%. A majority of HIV infections are transferred via heterosexual sex….

Clinical Medical Anthropology

I chose this intersection of medical anthropology because I would like to be a doctor. Being a doctor means taking care of your patients and it also means being able to understand them. In order to fully assess a patient,…

Life/Death

The “culture of biomedicine” deals with the cultural aspects related to the field of biomedicine. It places importance on the history of biomedicine, as well as the language of biomedical facts and the rites of passage within biomedicine. This is…

Erectile Dysfunction

Medicalization, according to the lecture, is the control over bodies and behavior through medical interventions. In comparison biomedicalization is the enhancement of bodies and behavior through medical interventions. When it comes to medication our society is very familiar with the…

Paternal Postpartum Depression

Paternal postpartum depression (PPD) is becoming a more recognized, treatable syndrome. It involves the father’s depression and anxiety associated with the new birth of his baby. This depression and anxiety can last throughout the first year of the new baby’s…

True Life: I Have Autism

This episode of True Life centers on three young men with varying forms of autism. First to be introduced is Jeremy. He is 17 years old and his autism affects his communication with others. He cannot physically speak but he…

Latah Syndrome in Malaysia and Indonesia

Latah is a culture-bound syndrome that is most prominent in Malaysia and Indonesia. It is characterized as a series of involuntary actions such as mimicking, hysterical laughter, profane language, dancing, and screaming.  These series of actions are initially catalyzed with…

Clown Doctors in NYC

In the article, “Clown Doctors: Shaman Healers of Western Medicine” the author references the similarities between these “clown doctors” and shamans. The clown doctors provide entertainment and a source of distraction when they visit their patients, which are generally children….

Cystic Fibrosis Among Caucasians

I’m a Caucasian woman with German and Italian heritage. One of the most dominant diseases within the Caucasian population is Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is a hereditary disease in which the affected individual experiences an accumulation of thick mucus that…

Bad Sugar

I did fairly well on the Health Equity Quiz. I think the most surprising statistic was that the best predictor for one’s health is whether or not you’re wealthy. The predictor is based on rankings within the class pyramid. Granted…