Cultural Anthropology Chapter 14: Health and Illness

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Medical MigrationThe movement of diseases, medical treatments, and entire health care systems, as well as those seeking medical care across national bordersIllness NarrativesThe personal stories that people tell to explain their illnessHow does Paul Farmer's anthropology training impact his work as a doctor and a public health worker?It allows him to uncover and understand the meaning and causes of illnesses, as well as American notions about his studies in Haiti. He is also able to look at the effects of U.S. occupation on health and illness.What does cultural competency mean? What would culturally competent medical treatment look like?Cultural competency means that ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures. Cultural competent medical treatment would look like hearing illness narratives and talking back and forth with the patient about what they think is wrong with them and what the best, next plan of action would be for themselves.According to Margaret Lock's research, why is organ donation so much less common in Japan than in North America?Because organs are usually procured from living relatives rather than from the bodies of brain-dead patients. It is seen as though if the brain is dead, it is the end of human life and there should be no use of carrying out an organ transplant from a brain-dead donor.