Anthropology of Infectious Disease

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Anthropology of Infectious Disease

Post by ChronicLyme19 » Fri 2 Oct 2015 23:03

Munyikwa M. Anthropology of infectious disease [book review]. Emerg Infect Dis. 2015 Oct [date cited].
DOI: 10.3201/eid2110.151263 ... edcitation

Interesting choice of infections, I wonder how Lyme is being used in this context...
Merrill Singer’s Anthropology of Infectious Disease argues that pathogens are intertwined with human social worlds. Through a variety of case studies drawn from around the world, from HIV to malaria and from Lyme disease to tuberculosis, the book emphasizes a biosocial or biocultural approach to the understanding of infectious disease. In contrast to a strictly biomedical framework, the core argument of the book is that infectious diseases cannot be understood through biology alone but rather must be considered within the context of the cultural and social worlds they inhabit. The book emphasizes the interactions between biologic, political, economic, sociocultural, and ecologic factors and how these factors affect the emergence, prevention, treatment, distribution, cultural experiences, and global impact of pathogens.
Half of what you are taught is incorrect, but which half? What if there's another half missing?

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