I chose to analyze clinical medical anthropology. I picked this intersection because I believe it heavily relates to my future occupation in becoming a doctor. In the lecture Taz mentioned that clinical work emphasizes cultural contrast. I believe this would be beneficial because it would be important to have a clinical medical anthropologist to affect how cultural beliefs or histories effect treatment on certain patients. Clinical medical anthropology will help in my future career by helping me to understand other cultures that i will be working with. If i am in a different country i will need someone who knows the culture to teach me how to approach these individuals. As a doctor i will only be focusing on the individual, i will need a medical anthropologist to help me look at the individual as a population. For example in Dr. Farmer’s Remedy video he is a world renouned doctor who i could classify also as a clinical medical anthropologist. He knows the culture he is treating. He has been with them for years and speaks the language. He knows how to approach them, talk with them, and treat them. He is the type of doctor everyone should aspire to become.
When working for a doctor or someone in the area of healthcare who is not an anthropologist it is important to remind the healthcare professional about their patient and their background. That their patient is not just another body they get to examine, diagnose, and treat, but as an individual with a history or a culture that they go by. Also, it is important to understand how the illness evolved. Doctors or medical professionals do not take the time or are interested in these types of details but for treating purposes it is important to understand how and why this person contracted what they contracted.
Karim, Taz. “Lecture 6.1 Applied Medical Anthropology.” ANP 204 Course Website. East Lansing, MI, August 8, 2014.
“Dr. Farmer’s Remedy,” CBS video, 12:29, posted by CBS News, May 5, 2008, http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/dr-farmers-remedy/