Anthropology and International Health: Asian Case Studies by Mark Nichter

By Mark Nichter

Spotting the importance of cultural features within the perform of drugs, this e-book areas a powerful emphasis at the social constitution, customs, and historical past of the indigenous inhabitants and its ramifications on health and wellbeing care services. The booklet additionally considers the econo-cultural impacts at the manner drugs is practiced. by means of together with chapters that concentrate on overall healthiness care's unexpected introduction as commodity and the microeconomic method of public investment for wellbeing and fitness care amenities, the Nichters discover a global during which funds and sufferers' expectancies play an ever expanding position within the approach well-being care is equipped.

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The second medicine was taken to make the womb strong enough to hold the seed. 11 While analogies linking conception to agriculture emerged during our interviews, it would be misrepresentative to describe the seed-field analogy as a pervasive cultural model for conception in South Kanara. Conception is not a widely thought about or elaborately worked out cultural concept among the non-Brahman, largely matrilineal castes of South Kanara. The most common idea expressed was that in order for conception to occur the mingling of both male and female semen (dhātu) was required at the proper time of the month.

By not addressing lay ideas about the ethnophysiology of fertility, current family planning education is less effective than it could be. This is illustrated by women failing to heed advice from government midwives about adopting family planning methods after delivery before menstruation resumes. As noted, many women feel it is unnecessary to adopt contraceptive behavior until 12–18 months after delivery. 4. There is a marked reluctance to adopt temporary modern family planning methods among many recently married couples having no children or only one child.

THE SRI LANKAN STUDY What difference, if any, do ethnophysiological notions of fertility have on the layperson’s family planning behavior? We had the CULTURAL NOTIONS OF FERTILITY IN SOUTH ASIA 11 opportunity to look into this issue in 1984 while conducting anthropological fieldwork in southwest Sri Lanka. With respect to existing data on lay notions of fertility in Sri Lanka, Nag (1968:43) has summarized the observations made by Ryan in the early 1950s in a low-country Sinhalese village. “According to folk physiology, conception is not likely to occur during the period of 14 days preceding menstruation.

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