Posts by: rober760

FGM in the Sudan

In the Sudan it is very common for women to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) with more than 2/3 of its women having done so. “The clitoris is dirty. If you undergo FGM you become clean.” This is the attitude…

Clinical Medical Anthropology

For this weeks blog I chose to explore Clinical Medical Anthropology. I chose this area of applied medical anthropology because it most closely relates to my future career plans of becoming a PA. While working as a PA, I think…

Depression

The role of medication in American society has shifted from medicalization to biomedicalization and I think that this shift is due to the amount of mass media that we are exposed to today. Years ago we were only focused on…

Life/Death

The culture of biomedicine refers to the way that biomedicine is culturally constructed. In our society, biomedicine is centered around our western way of thinking. It includes how we perceive doctor/patient relationships, how we decipher between health and illness, what…

“I have social anxiety”

This episode of True Life showed the lives of two people who suffer from the mental illness labeled as “social anxiety.” Nonie suffers from complete social anxiety and she fears having any kind of social interaction with others. She will…

Fibromyalgia

I believe that fibromyalgia is a highly misunderstood medical condition in the US today. According to the Mayo Clinic, fibromyalgia is defined as widespread musculoskeletal pain with fatigue, sleep, memory and mood problems, However, because there is no true way…

Obesity in the US

  Obesity is a prevalent issue around the world, especially in the US, which holds the title for the most obese country. In an article by Cheryl Ritenbaugh, she shares some of her insight on obesity and how it has…

Clown Doctors in NYC

The article “Clown Doctors: Shaman Healers of Western Medicine” makes the comparison between clown doctors in The Big Apple Circus Clown Unit with non-Western healers, specifically Shamans. Both dress in unique costumes and act in a certain behavior, and both…

Bad Sugar

I only got 3 out of 10 correct on the Health Equity Quiz. I was very surprised to see that American life expectancy ranks in the 29th place. I would have expected our life expectancy to be much higher considering…