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Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology : Social Lives of Medicines Series Number 10 - Susan Reynolds Whyte

Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology

Social Lives of Medicines Series Number 10

Paperback Published: 28th April 2003
ISBN: 9780521804691
Number Of Pages: 212

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The focus of this book is medicines (swallowed, injected, rubbed on), as understood by anthropologists concerned solely with their social uses. The text begins with examples of a mother medicating a child in various cultural contexts and ends with a broad review of the complex elements that determine the production and use of medicines. Since 1993, Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology has offered researchers and instructors monographs and edited collections of leading scholarship in one of the most lively and popular subfields of cultural and social anthropology. Beginning in 2002, the CSMA series presents theme booksworks that synthesize emerging scholarship from relatively new subfields or that reinterpret the literature of older ones. Designed as course material for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and for professionals in related areas (physicians, nurses, public health workers, and medical sociologists), these theme books will demonstrate how work in medical anthropology is carried out and convey the importance of a given topic for a wide variety of readers. About 160 pages in length, the theme books are not simply staid reviews of the literature. They are, instead, new ways of conceptualizing topics in medical anthropology that take advantage of current research and the growing edges of the field.

'... [this] recent volume in the Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology series [is an] important contribution to the study of medicines, not only for medical anthropologists, but for anybody who wants to understand what medicines do and how they do what they do ... This book does a good job of presenting some of the research that has been done, and makes a persuasive plea for more anthropological and public health attention to this area.' Journal of Biosocial Science 'It is difficult to do justice to a book that is full of so many different ethnographic studies and details. The plethora of ethnographic material is the book's big strength.' Journal of Social Anthropology

An anthropology of materia medica
The Consumers
Mothers and children: the efficacies of drugs
Villagers and local remedies: the symbolic nature of medicines
Women in distress: medicines for control
Sceptical consumers: doubts about medicines
The Providers
Drug vendors and their market: the commodification of health
Pharmacists as doctors: bridging the sectors of health care
Injectionists: the attraction of technology
Prescribing physicians: medicines as communication
The Strategists
Manufacturers: scientific claims, commercial aims
Health planners: making and contesting drug policy
Anthropologists and the sociality of medicines
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ISBN: 9780521804691
ISBN-10: 0521804698
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 28th April 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.34