By comparing a wide range of different
kinds of health and healing systems in ancient as well
as modern nations, we will examine how medicine reflects
changing attitudes, religious beliefs, politics and technology.
Current issues such as environmental, psychological and
social causes of disease, rights to live and die, preventive
holistic care, religious healings and genetic engineering
will be addressed. Cross-cultural case studies will be
presented in order to address how cultural worldviews influence
medical practices across the globe.
Students are expected to attend all class meetings. Students
are expected to arrive on time, well prepared for class
lecture and discussions. If a student wishes to drop the
class, he/she alone is responsible for notifying the Office
of Admissions. Failure to do will lead to an F on your
Exams are worth 20%
each of the overall grade. There will be a total of three
examinations given throughout the duration of the semester.
Each exam will encompass class readings, films and lecture
material. Exams are all essay and a blue book is required.
Article Summaries will be worth 20%
each. There will be a total of two papers assigned throughout
the semester. Each paper consists of an article summary
from a journal published in the last three years and (more
important!) your ability to connect the chosen article
to our class. Each paper must be typed, 3-5 pages in length,
font 12. A copy of the article must be attached to you
Extra credit may be offered during the
semester. Please check with your Professor for details.
You are expected to take the exam on the date listed.
If there is a serious emergency preventing you from making
it to class, you are to schedule a make-up exam date BEFORE
the exam begins.
Papers will loose points for each day that they are late,
regardless of situation.
Required Course Textbooks
Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
Galanti, Caring for Patients from Different Cultures
Sarris, Mabel McKay: Weaving the Dream
Academic Dishonesty Policy
College study is the process of becoming an independent
scholar. All students are expected to complete their own work.
All forms of cheating and plagiarism are absolutely forbidden.
Students found to be using unauthorized materials, including
the lack of proper credit to the original author (list
of references are mandatory) or any other form of cheating
will have that assignment marked F for failure and may
receive a failing grade, depending upon the Professor's
discretion. Incidents of academic dishonesty will be reported
to the Vice President of Instruction and become part of
the student's permanent academic record.
*Please be sure that pagers and cell phones are
turned off before entering the classroom.
Section I: Introduction to Western & Eastern
Week I: Introduction to Medical Anthropology
Galanti1; Fadiman, 1-2
Week II: History of Western Medicine
2,7,8; Fadiman 3-4
Week III: Language of Doctors vs. Nurses
Week IV: Traditional Chinese Medicine
5; Fadiman 8
Week V: Western vs. Eastern Medical Practices
due at beginning of class
Week VI: Exam #1 : blue book required
Section II: Traditional Healing Practices
Week VII: Religion and Medicine
Readings- Galanti 4 & 12;
Week VIII: Shamans
Readings- Galanti 3; Fadiman 10; Sarris
Week IX: Cross-Cultural Analysis of Healing Practices
summary due at beginning of class
Readings- Galanti, 6;
Fadiman 11; complete Sarris
Week X: Exam #2 : blue book required
Section III: Medicine Today
Week XI: Human Genome Project
Readings- Galanti 9; Fadiman
Week XII: HIV/AIDS
Readings- Galanti 10; Fadiman 15-17
Week XIII Cross Cultural Research Today
11 & 13; Fadiman 18-19
Week XIV: Death: Our Last Rite of Passage
Week XV: Exam #3