In my opinion of the six approaches to medical anthropology, I believe that that biological approach is the best way to find out health of a person. My reason is that a person condition and decision and the environment’s influence is the result person’s health. To make a bit clearer a person’s genetic deposition can make him easier or resistant to get sick, a person’s decision may allow to avoid getting sick by getting away from source of the cause of sickness such as the cold environment. With biological approach leads to creation or influences of the rest of the approach.
With the comparison of disease and illness are that both are negative impact to health. The difference between the two, disease are physical condition while illness is an expression or behavior. At first the two term was a bit confusion and was not so obvious, by searching for and examples and further reading of the two terms made it clear about the difference and similarity.
In the article what Miner was describing was a Native American culture. I realized because it was given out in the description that they reside at Mexico region. If the article were to not given the location of where the people reside, I would not able to guess. The reason is even if I were to compare people living around the world, there are people living isolation that do emphasize the rituals of the human anatomy and something relating to spirits.
It seems that people of Nacerima culture seems to take seriously about an opening of the body. One example is that a mouth are treated with a rituals in a way to prevent the loss of its property, including social relationship and the health of the mouth. Therefore a person with certain job called mouth-man are to treat the people by inserting magical substance in their mouth or to examine it.
Also the ear are said to allow devil to enter and possess people. It seems that the children are prone to the possession by the influence of their parents. Therefore there is special people called “listener” for exorcise the devil.
It seems that despite of the ritual that did not work, the people put strong belief on the people who perform special task and emphasize that the bodily opening give a significant influence of the health of the people.