Posts by: berger41

Female Genital Mutilation in the Sudan

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is the physical destruction of female’s genitals are partially or completely removed or injured.  Certain people (Africans, Middle Easterners, Asians and European immigrants) believe that if a female’s genitals are mutilated they will not have sexual…

Public Health

Public health is an area of applied medical anthropology that I find particularly interesting.  Public health promotes the health of individuals in all areas of the world in attempt to protect populations.  Health is promoted by prevention, treatment, research, detection…

Wrinkles

Medicalization is the control over bodies and behaviors though medical interventions.  This began when penicillin was introduced around 1950.  People began to view medications as magic bullets that keep the body intact, but allow for destruction of sickness.  The mass…

Male/Female

I believe the “culture of biomedicine” to be the western world’s view of health in terms of biology.  Biomedicine emphasizes the importance of anatomical, physiological, mental, and emotional health.  It is used to treat disease and maintain “normal” health.  Today,…

Fibromyalgia

I believe that fibromyalgia is misunderstood in our culture.  Fibromyalgia is more common than one may think.  About 5.8 million Americans are affected by fibromyalgia.  Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes musculoskeletal pain, fatigue and mood swings.  Professionals believe that…

I have narcolepsy

People with narcolepsy have overpowering sleep spells.  These sleep spells can occur at any time.  The video I watched explained the lives of two different girls that have narcolepsy.  One of the girls is named Katy.  She has had narcolepsy…

Clown Doctors in New York City

I chose to read the article titled “Clown Doctors: Shaman Healers of Western Medicine.”  I am glad I read this article because it offered me insight on something I was not very familiar with.  This article discusses the lives of…

Osteoporosis among White Women

This week’s materials have shown how different races, gender and ethnicities are at greater risk of certain diseases than others.  Many things have lead to certain races and ethnicities evolving in such a way where certain diseases and illnesses are…

In Sickness and In Wealth

To be completely honest I did not do too well on the Health Equity Quiz.  The statistic about a 15 years life expectancy difference between counties in the United States was surprising to me.  This statistic shows how different areas…