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These 12 articles by anthropologists break new ground in the area between medicine and social science in that all of the authors describe physicians at work. Because of the virtual certainty that this type of study will become a new genre, the book is of seminal importance. However, physicians are in for acute culture shock as they encounter familiar subjects portrayed from a different vantage point.
I confess that I approached this book with trepidation, fearing that negative biases toward the medical profession would interfere with scientific objectivity. Except for occasional lapses—such as the chapter title that begins "Among the
Physicians of Western Medicine: Anthropological Approaches to Theory and Practice.. Ann Intern Med. ;103:486. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-3-486_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(3):486.
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