This reference work can be used by a variety of people for a variety of purposes. It can be used both to gain a general understanding of medical anthropology and to find out about particular cultures and topics. A bibliography is provided at the end of each entry to facilitate further investigation.
Beyond serving as a basic reference resource, the Encyclopedia ofMedical Anthropology also serves readers with more focused needs. For researchers interested in comparing cultures, this work provides information that can guide the selection of particular cultures for further study. For those interested in international studies, the bibliographies in each entry can lead one quickly to the relevant social science literature as well as provide a state-of-the-art assessment of knowledge about medical cultures around the world. For curriculum developers and teachers seeking to internationalize the curriculum, this work is a basic reference and educational resource as well as a directory to other materials. For government officials, it is a repository of information not likely to be available in any other single publication; in many cases, the information provided here is not available at all elsewhere. For students, from high school through graduate school, it provides background and bibliographic information for term papers and class projects. And for travelers, it provides an introduction to the medical cultures of places they may be visiting.
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