ANTH 290-01 (3)TR 10:10a-11:35a
Winter 2013 topics:
ANTH 290-01: Medical Anthropology (3). No prerequisites. Despite radical differences in theory and procedure, the diagnosis and treatment of diseases are human cultural universals. This seminar first examines the beliefs and practices that comprise the medical systems found among a wide variety of non-western peoples, then investigates the responses of a number of non-western communities to the introduction of western, biomedical practices. It finally considers such ethical issues as whether or not non-western peoples who supply western doctors and pharmacologists with knowledge of curing agents should be accorded intellectual property rights over this information; in what situations, if any, should western medical personnel impose biomedical treatments on populations; and the surrounding Napoleon Chagnon use of Yanomami Indians as medical trial subjects. Markowitz .