As mentioned in the video, all six approaches overlap in some manner with one or more another approaches. I can see how each approach independently and in combination with another could yield very good results but if I had to pick one, i’ll go with the applied approach. This approach talks about using interviews and doing observations and i think they are both wonderful ways to analyze a problem or patient and decide on the best way to tackle the situation. Interviewing patients allows one to hear what is going on from the patients perspective. This kind of information may not always be medically accurate but it provides the doctor with the opportunity to give advice or handle treatment in a way that is acceptable and more appealing to the patient.
I know i’m one of many that used the words disease and illness interchangeably. On some level, I knew that there was a distinction but I realize and understand now what that distinction is. A disease is a physical manifestation, it has physical symptoms that can be identified and treated if necessary. An illness is more psychological, it is a more internal ailment. One might say that a disease is the physical manifestation of an illness.
I believe the culture Horace Miner was referring to in his article was the Western culture. I started to pick this up when he mentioned the market economy. America and the western world have one of the largest if not the largest market economy. I leaned more and more towards this culture she he talked about human appearance. The western world has some product to combat every possible physical deficiency you can think of. From wrinkle creams, tanning creams, make-up, acne treatments, various hair treatments to whitening of the teeth.
The two rituals i picked from the excerpt are the Mouth rite and the latipso ceremony. The mouth rite which i likened to teeth brushing and visiting the dentist shows how much value the people place on social relationships and their general health. They go through this ritual to avoid loosing their teeth and being rejected by their lovers. The latipso demonstrates the stigma associated with hospitals. Most people view this as a last resort and care is available for only those that can afford it. Once people get to the shrine (hospital) they believe that whatever is done to them there is in their best interest and they value the expertise of the professionals taking care of them.