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Elisa J. Sobo , Martha O. Loustaunau

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Aug. 3 2010 0313377855 978-0313377853 2
Summarizing the vast literature on culture and caring in a jargon-free fashion, sociologist Martha O. Loustaunau and anthropologist Elisa J. Sobo introduce readers to the practice of culturally-sensitive health care. With various examples, they describe the special approaches that sociologists and anthropologists take to health, and demonstrate the ways in which cultural and social factors shape medicine and health care. After a discussion of culture, the social structure and the impact of poverty, class, gender and family patterns on health, illness and care-seeking, they explain the similarities and differences of medical systems cross-culturally. The authors call for a more flexible and culturally sensitive system of health care that expresses caring in more holistic ways, and offer examples of how this might be accomplished in an increasingly multicultural USA. Clinicians are cautioned against making ethnocentric value judgements and encouraged to recognize patient behaviours that are culturally patterned. Current issues discussed include HIV/AIDS, ethics, alternative medicine, political and economic forces, and the high cost of health care today, all with regard to cultural context.
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"Over the years, there have been several texts which introduce the reader to the fields of medical sociology or medical anthropology, but none have been as successful in bringing the two fields together in as clear and engaging a manner as this book....This book will undoubtedly become standard reading for medical students, physicians and other health care providers who serve multicultural, medically underserved populations."-Lawrence A. Palinkas, Ph.D. Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine University of California, San Diego --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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MARTHA O. LOUSTAUNAU is a Medical Sociologist in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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