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• Describes the special approaches anthropologists and sociologists take to health, clearly and concisely illustrating the main concepts used in the two fields

• Clearly demonstrates the influence of culture on caring and curing

• Takes social structure into account, countermanding the myth that all problems are cultural

• Calls for and describes a more flexible system of health care expressed in holistic ways, explaining how such approaches can meet modern medical needs

• More than 30 percent new material updates the 1997 edition, reflecting new scholarship and addressing emerging needs

• Multiple real-life examples and case studies illustrate and explain concepts

• Discussion questions follow each chapter and an appendix with project suggestions is provided

• A bibliography offers suggestions for further reading


"Sobo and Loustaunau have done a splendid job in providing a concise, engaging, informative, and very readable introduction to the fields of medical anthropology and medical sociology. A successful synthesis of socio-behavioral science, health services, and public health knowledge which advances the field and should help to improve the quality of care and health outcomes experienced by our increasingly diverse population. This is a valuable text that I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend for use in undergraduate courses; medical, nursing, and public health schools; and other health professions training programs that are interested in transformative education that makes a difference." (Robert C. Like, MD, MS, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School)

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