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Description - Medical Anthropology by Andrea Wiley

Intended as the primary text for introductory courses on medical anthropology, this text integrates human biological data relevant to health and disease with both evolutionary theory and the social environments that more often than not produce major challenges to health and survival. Students who take this fastest-growing anthropology course come from a variety of disciplines (anthropology, biology, especially pre-med students, and health sciences, especially), so the text does not assume anything beyond a basic high-school level familiarity with human biology and anthropology. In addition to being the only current text that takes a biocultural approach, it provides a state-of-the-science review of selected topics and looks at the potential application of the biocultural anthropological approach to health interventions/prevention. Among the topics covered are nutrition, infectious disease, stress, reproductive health, behavioral disease, aging, race/racism and health, mental health, and healers and healing.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195308839
ISBN-10: 0195308832
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 154mm x 21mm)
Pages: 478
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Andrea Wiley

Andrea S. Wiley is Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, where she is also the Director of the Human Biology Lab. She is the author of numerous articles on medical anthropology and the recent book An Ecology of High-altitude Infancy: A Biocultural Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2004). John S. Allen is currently Research Scientist at the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroscience Imaging Center and the Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California, where he is also Adjunct Research Associate Professor of Anthropology. He has conducted medical anthropological research in Japan, Okinawa, New Zealand, Palau, and Papua New Guinea. He is the author of many articles on health, behavioral disease, and neuroscience, and is a co-author of Biological Anthropology: The Natural History of Humankind (2nd edition) (Prentice-Hall, 2008).