Physicians at Work, Patients in Pain: Biomedical Practice and Patient Response in Mexico
Publisher: Westview Press
Place: Boulder, San Francisco and Oxford
xix+272 pages with tables, glossary and index. Octavo (9" x 6") bound in original publisher's wrappers. From the library of George M Foster. First edition.
This ethnographic study offers a detailed and surprising picture of how modern bio-medicine is altered when practiced in a developing country. Addressing the question of therapeutic outcome, Kaja Finkler examines various aspects of bio-medicine that influence patient response, including specific components of the doctor-patient relationship. Her study sheds light on the ways in which bio-medicine is molded by cultural context and distinguishes and universal, culturally specific, and idiosyncratic components of medical beliefs and practices. Although the focus is on bio-medicine, this unique book also addresses the interplay between traditional healing and bio-medical treatment.
Foster's stamp to half title page, spine sunned else a near fine copy.
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