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Medical Anthropology

Submitted by rbudnick on Thu, 10/24/2019 - 00:57

Medical anthropology encourages people to look at medicine from many different perspectives. Instead of relying solely on symptoms and treatment of those symptoms, medicine should consider the human side of illness, and take into the people or persons affected by it. Modern medicine is becoming increasingly personal, both technologically (treatments and evaluations based on the individual’s genes) and emotionally with a strive towards better practitioner-patient relationships. It is important to realize every person experience illness differently and as such treatment (regardless of its form) should cater to the individual and consider their emotions, environment, and personal characteristics. This unfortunately does not always happen in the modern world and individuals can feel lost the complex medical world. It is important to take into account the affects of family, society, religion, and culture on an individual's medical history and future.