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Published: 08 November 2016

512 Pages | 110

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190464493

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Medical Anthropology

A Biocultural Approach

Third Edition

Andrea S. Wiley and John S. Allen

Medical Anthropology: A Biocultural Approach, Third Edition, offers an accessible and contemporary overview of this rapidly expanding field. For each health issue examined in the text, the authors first present basic biological information and then expand their analysis to include evolutionary, historical, and cross-cultural perspectives on how these issues emerged and are understood. Medical Anthropology considers how a biocultural approach can be applied to more effective prevention and treatment efforts and underscores medical anthropology's potential to improve health around the world.

New to this Edition:

  • More material on the importance of causation in healing, training in alternative medicine, and decision-making in transplant patients
  • A new box on food insecurity and hunger
  • A more detailed examination of infertility, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs)
  • An in-depth discussion of bed-sharing and room-sharing and their relationship to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • A new section on sleep, including the medicalization of sleep disorders and sleep paralysis, Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome (SUNDS), and Hmong migration to the United States
  • New material on telomeres, stress, poverty, aging, male hormone replacement therapy, cross-cultural attitudes towards erectile dysfunction treatments, and the effects of economic insecurity on mortality

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