Posts by: startash

Clinical Medical Anthropology

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…

Obesity

In american society, medications play a huge role in biomedicine and treatment of individuals. In the context of biomedicine, many individuals with medical conditions are automatically prescribed medications when they seek treatment from a doctor, rather than first being encouraged…

Life/Death

The culture of biomedicine is how we as a culture treat biomedicine and how biomedicine influences different aspects of our culture. Generally, in western culture, biomedicine is treated as a universal truth and is thought of as being more effective…

Fibromyalgia

Culture can affect the illness experience of fibromyalgia by invalidating the illness itself. Many women, as shown in the article on shame that is felt by women with chronic pain disorders, feel ashamed of having fibromyalgia because, as a culture,…

Anorexia in the United States

Anorexia nervosa is a psychiatric disorder characterized by a fear of weight gain. People suffering from anorexia generally have an abnormal behavior toward eating and self-induce severe weight loss. Individuals suffering from anorexia will go to great lengths to avoid…

Clown Doctors in NYC

The article on clown doctors described an organization called the Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit which consists of professional clowns that come into the children’s wards of hospitals in New York City to help cheer up and distract children…

In Sickness and in Wealth

I got 6 answers correct out of 10 on the health equity quiz. The statistic that was most surprising to me was that wealth was the biggest factor in determining whether an individual would be considered healthy or not. I…

Insomnia

My definition of health is when an individual has no major debilitating disease or any disease severely affecting the way they go about daily life. My definition of illness is different, however, being when an individual is negatively affected in…