I chose clinical medical anthropology for a number of reasons. Since I was a little kid, I’ve always been interested in the medical field and wanted a job doing something involving medicine. My dad is a forensic pathologist and I’ve always been especially interested in that specific field of medicine and also the forensic aspect of it. Since I was sixteen years old, I have volunteered in the hospital my dad works in and have enjoyed it more than any other job I’ve been a part of and from that point on, I knew I wanted to have a career in the medical field. It’s taken a lot of thought and consideration but I have decided to go into nursing as a career so I could be a part of the medical field I’ve always wanted to be a part of.
Taking an anthropological viewpoint can be very useful in the medical field. For instance, understanding what illnesses affect some cultures more than others (such as PMS in the united states) can be very beneficial in effectively treating illnesses and it is very important that clinicians and other care providers fully understand these medical differences in cultures. It is also important that they understand how different cultures value various types of healing, such as faith healing or emotional healing rather than just biological healing alone. Further understanding of these values in cultures can allow clinicians to more effectively fulfill the needs of their patients and more fully understand the illness or disease the patient is suffering from. An anthropological viewpoint can also be useful in understanding the difference between disease and illness and how the two are related in some cases, which can also allow clinicians to further fulfill their patients’ needs and also further understand what their patient is going through and how to treat their illness.