For this weeks blog I chose to investigate clinical medical anthropology. The reason why this interests me the most is because In the future I hope to become a doctor and this is the area of applied medical anthropology that relates to it the most. When I am working as a doctor, it would be in my benefit to apply some of the save views a clinical medical anthropologist would. Instead of looking at the right and wrong way of doing treatments, they look at how culture affects it and makes the choice based on getting to know the patient. When looking at a patient, the doctor sees what is wrong with the patient example: undernutrition, but the anthropologist can see economic issues, environmental issues, etc. in more depth. Having a viewpoint like this can help the doctor possibly think of a better treatment approach and help the patient in more ways than one.
An example that I found in an article, “Anthropology in the Clinic: The Problem of Cultural Competency and How To Fix It”, was a man whose son had HIV but the man did not bring his son regularly in to see the doctor.This doctor assumed that the man had a different understanding of the disease because he was of different culture and that he didn’t know how severe the condition was. However, the anthropologist had a different take on the case and understood that he had known all about HIV it was just that he could not afford to come in regularly. Having this view by the anthropologist helped understand better what was actually happening instead of the doctor assuming it was because he was of different culture (Kleinman 2006). The anthropologist took the time to talk with him and connect with the patients so that he was listened to fully. I know that this does not apply to all doctors, but if some of them took more of a anthropologist approach they could have a better connection with their patients.
Kleinman, Arthur, and Peter Benson. “Anthropology In The Clinic: The Problem Of Cultural Competency And How To Fix It.” PLoS Medicine 3, no. 10 (2006): E294. Accessed August 7, 2014. http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.0030294.