Posts by: hartner4

Clinical Medical Anthropology

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…

Malnutrition in Haiti

The global health problem that I chose to do was malnutrition in Haiti. The effects that malnutrition causes is little to no weight gain, impairment of the immune system and even behavioral changes. In Haiti, it is a leading cause…

Obesity

For this week, the condition that I chose to analyze is obesity. Obesity is heavily medicalized in today’s culture as well as biomedicalized. From lecture we learned the differences between these two trends. Medicalization is the control over the bodies…

Male/Female

The “culture of biomedicine”, commonly practiced in Western societies, explains the biological side of health. When looking at biomedicine, you focus on the anatomy and physiology of the patient. From lecture we have learned that biomedicine is a good way…

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a medical condition that is misunderstood here in our culture. This syndrome is one in which there is pain all over the body, morning stiffness, flu-like symptoms, itchy skin, etc. It is hard to describe this disease to…

Koro in North-East India

The culture-bound syndrome (CBS) that I decided to learn more about was Koro. In this CBS, the patient believes there genitals are shrinking and that eventually they will disappear. In the long run these patients  believe that the falling off…

Clown Doctors in NYC

The article “Clown Doctors: Shaman Healers of Western Medicine” was about the Clown Care Unit (CCU) who works in the pediatric wards in NYC hospitals. Their job is to go to patients rooms and entertain them to relieve pain and anxiety that…

Breast Cancer in White Women

The relationship between race, genetics and health are connected, but it is hard to determine the exact connection. According to the lecture, race and genes having nothing to do with each other. We learned that the genetic determinism is reduced…