In my opinion the biological approach would be the most useful in studying health. This is due to the fact that it is probably the most logical and seemingly simple of all the approaches. It takes into account what I think are the three biggest determining factors of the human world, the ideology of “nature vs. nurture,” while also factoring in the obvious fact that humans have the free will to do as they please and can more or less determine their own fates.
Disease and illness, although seemingly identical, are 2 distinctly separate things. Although both seem to be subjective, influenced by the factors around them, disease is more so “man-made” and brought about by the environment while illness is more natural and a common factor of human life. These definitions helped to distinguish the difference between these two, something that was not apparent to me before.
While reading the Miner article I started to realize that a lot of the cultural ideals and rituals he was describing, although very barbaric, seemed very familiar as well. When I got to the part about the “holy-mouth-man” it began to settle in that he was actually talking about our gradually modernizing culture. I especially found the last quote very very interesting. In short, it was saying that we find these rituals so barbaric yet we would not be where we are today if we had not started at some point with such things, and that we continue to build on them each day.
Two of the rituals/ideologies I found very interesting in the Miner article were their secrecy and protection of the naked body and acts of excretion, and also how much they valued the breast shape of women. The first represents the idea that the body is sacred and must remain for one’s own self only. The second I found rather funny because it represented a similar ideology that we have in our society today, praising and paying women for their ideally “perfect” bodies and striving to be just like them.