Ethno-Medical Care Analytical Essay

Ethno-Medical Care
Looks at cultural relativism in relation to health care services.
# 118388 | 1,480 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2009 | US

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This paper examines literature that underscores the importance of each individual society's cultural constructions in providing successful health care. Hmong people, low-income elderly African-Americans living in violent urban areas, and affluent female adolescents are presented as examples of cultural relativism and health care. The paper also investigates the social origins of disease, the role of stress and the placebo effect.

From the Paper:

"Sylvia Noble Tesh's book, "Hidden Arguments", further explains the social origins of disease. In the first part of her book, Tesh describes the multicausal face of disease. She asserts there are mainly three places that Americans look at to blame for their illnesses. They are the germ theory, the lifestyle theory, and the environmental theory. The germ theory blames microbes that sneak inside the body and infect it. The lifestyle theory relates that an individual's behavior and habits reflects their health."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Conrad, Peter. The Sociology of Health and Illness. 8. New York: Worth Publishers, 2009 pp 112-125.
  • Fadiman, Anna. The Spirit Catches you and you fall down. New York: Farrar, Stratus and Giroux, 1997.
  • Klineberg, Eric. Heat Wave. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002.
  • Lee, Richard B.. The Dobe Ju/hoansi. Canada: Thomson Learning, 2003.
  • "Placebo Effect." 2009. 16 Mar 2009 <>.

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