As human migration brings an ever more diverse range of people, cultures and beliefs into contact, Western medical systems must adapt to cater for the different approaches it encounters towards illness, the body, gender, mental health and death.
Based upon training courses taught by the author to staff at hospitals, mental health professionals, and on degree courses, this complete resource provides an essential foundation for understanding the complex and manifold approaches to medicine and health around the world. An awareness of this diversity moreover allows healthcare professionals to better engage with their patients and offer them satisfactory care and support in the future.
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Number of pages: 264
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
This is an important study highlighting the human and philosophical inadequacy of scientific and medical materialism, which is taken for granted when educating young scientists and doctors. This consensus leads to the categorisation of many human experiences as anomalous in terms of this limited if powerful understanding. When one questions and puts aside the assumption that consciousness is produced by the brain, many of the experiences discussed by Natalie become explicable and point towards a wider and deeper scientific and medical outlook, which has been the mission of the Scientific and Medical Network for over 40 years. I would encourage all health professionals to read this book with an open mind. -- David Lorimer, Programme Director, Scientific and Medical Network
Dr. Tobert brings many arguments and data to highlight the transient way humans accept knowledge, set laws, and then change their minds about what is 'correct'. She notes a gap between the perspectives of physicians and their patients: what is normal in one geographical location is not normal in another. A shift is needed - towards a more culturally universal paradigm. The author argues for the need to address questions of spirituality and religion, materialistic and spiritual perspectives and their importance for health. The book contains chapters on death and dying and shows how various experiences, among them near-death and end-of-life experiences, can radically cause a shift in worldview. This is a thoughtful medical anthropology book that takes a penetrative look at the variability of human views of life. -- Erlendur Haraldsson, author of At the Hour of Death
In seventeen neat chapters, each helpfully introduced and then summarised for clarity, the author tackles pertinent subjects including 'cultural beliefs about health and illness', 'beliefs about conception and human identity', 'women's bodies and human behaviour', and 'cultural knowledge on death and dying'. This is a worthwhile book, making an ideal companion to two College publications: 'Spirituality and Psychiatry' (Cook et al, 2009) and 'Spirituality and Narrative in Psychiatric Practice' (Cook et al, 2016). Members of the Spirituality and Psychiatry SIG will certainly find it rewarding. Others might find it surprisingly beneficial, both accessible and enlightening, too. -- Larry Culliford * British Journal of Psychiatry *
You may also be interested in...
Please sign in to write a review