Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Escaping Remedial Medicine

Alter (1999) notes that most scholars including anthropologists accept that medicine involves healing problems of poor health and that good health is a natural, normal state even while accepting that illness, disease, and pain are culturally relative. According to Alter, most medical systems are by definition remedial and applied, retroactive, problem orientated, and backward looking, looking for defects, causes, risks and genetic markers. Continue Reading >>

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