Week 3: Ethnomedical Approach


  • Lecture: 3.1 Ethnomedical Systems [watch]
  • PDF: Blerkom – “Clown Doctors: Shaman Healers of Western Medicine” [read]
  • Link: Brown – A Doctor for Disease, a Shaman for the Soul[link] (you may need to click “skip this ad” in top right corner of page)
  • Link: Slideshow: Welcoming Shamans (scroll through all slides) [link]
  • Film: “Frontline: Sick around the World” (1 hour) [watch all 5 segments]
  • Link: “Five Capitalist Democracies and How They Do it” [link]
  • Film: “The Horse Boy”  (1.5 hours)[watch on Hulu]
    • ( It is also available on Amazon Instant video as a 7-day rental for $2.99 [watch] or on Netflix for free if you already have a Netflix account.)
  • Lecture: 3.2 Culture, Illness, and the Body [watch]
  • Optional PDF: Lock and Scheper-Hughes – “The Mindful Body: Prolegomenon to Future Work  in Medical Anthropology [read] *** this reading is optional – however, it will help you with your weebly page for the week so it is worth at least skimming through!


  • Reflection Post: W3 Reflection Prompt [link] – due 6/5 @ 11:59PM EST.
  • Activity Post: W3 Activity Prompt [link] – due 6/5 @ 11:59PM EST.
  • Comments: Due 6/7 @ 11:59PM EST.
  • Weebly: Work on the Ethnomedical Approach page of your Weebly [link]

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