Medical anthropology is the study of disease, health-care systems, medical practices and mental illness with a cross-culture perspective. One example of medical anthropology given by the book is the work of Louis Golomb in 1985, when he researched curing practices in Thailand. The medical practitioners in this location draw on astronomy, herbs, exorcism, faith healing and massage among other methods to treat patients. What Golomb saw is that many people living there, even those who were highly educated and those who were educated in the west, used both western medicine and these traditional practices to relieve their ailments. He called this therapeutic pluralism.