© 2014 Mikhel D.V.
Key words: medical anthropology, encyclopedia, theoretical concepts, medical systems, cross-cultural research, cognitive medical anthropology, critical studies, medical ecology, physical anthropology, psychoanalysis, biomedicine, shamanism, bioethics, biomedical technologies, medicalization, health problems
Abstract: The author presents a review of the only existing large (two-volume) encyclopedia on medical anthropology, giving review of most of the articles included in the book. (Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology: Health and Illness in the World’s Cultures. Edited by Carol R. Ember and Melvin Ember. 2 vols. New York, Boston, Dordrecht, London, Moscow: Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, 2004. – 1071 p.). Analyzing specific articles, D. Mikhel examines their content, underlining at the same time their shortcomings, for example, a lack of special materials on Slavic and some other cultures. It is emphasized that this publication will be extremely useful for a wide range of researchers, students and all who wish to familiarize themselves with cultures, and specifically health-related traditions of different peoples.
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