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Health, Illness, and Medical Care in Japan: Cultural and Social Dimensions

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Title:Health, Illness, and Medical Care in Japan: Cultural and Social Dimensions
Authors:Norbeck, Edward
Lock, Margaret
Keywords:SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
Date Issued:1987
Publisher:Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press
Description:This is one of the first attempts to explore the effects of social, political, and cultural variables on the interpretation of ideas about health, illness, and medical care in a technologically rich society. In this collection of essays, five anthropologists and one political scientist demonstrate that modern medical care in Japan is not a uniform, value-free scientific endeavor, but rather a culturally shaped part of a complex pluralistic medical system that is, itself, the product of a specific historical and social tradition.
The comparative study of health, illness, and medical care provides a rich source of cross-fertilization of ideas among the social sciences. This collection of essays offers new insights on and raises new questions about contemporary Japanese society, biomedicine as a cultural product, and the transformation that occurs when medical knowledge and techniques are used in a different cultural milieu.
Pages/Duration:227 Pages
Rights:CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Appears in Collections: Asia

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