I find that the ethnomedical approach is the most helpful for me in this course. I find this because since this is an anthropology course, the ethnomedical allows for a full comprehensive understanding of every group of people’s understanding of health, no matter their background. With the ethnomedical understanding of a curable disease found I’m many locations. For the study of the symptoms, one can use ethnomedical study of medical conditions to understand what to look for in any situation. As for treatment, the study on an ethnomedical level allows for an understanding of multiple manners of treatment. This comes in handy for situations such as whether a person wishes for pharmaceutical or natural remedies. Chinese medicine is a good modern world example, as many of these treatments are non pharmaceutical compared to much of the treatments in the United States. This allows for a wide array of approaches to problems in the medical world.
In the Nacerima article, it can be found that is talking about the western culture under the guise of an outsider’s view of our strange behavior. Upon reading the article, I had an inkling that he was discussing this with the free market economy. However, within discussing the charm-box and all of that I began to doubt my thoughts. Once I reached the latipso portion of the article I realized once again that I had been initially correct. This idea as well as the thought of the “mouth-men” also represents the medical field as the dentistry profession. I think the author did an incredible job presenting the acts of western medicine and health from an outside and ritualistic viewpoint. I applaud the efforts made in the article as it had me doubting my thoughts and then bringing me back full circle upon the end of the article.
I believe disease and illness are different although similar because disease would be the actual problem as well as the foundation for illness, which is the resulting problems and ailments from the disease. This is important because the two go hand in hand, but hold different meanings.