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Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspective (Hardback)
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Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspective (Hardback)

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Hardback 402 Pages / Published: 13/06/2019
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Global environmental change and recent worldwide infectious-disease outbreaks make the ecological perspective of medical anthropology more important a field of study than ever. In this premier teaching text, authors Ann McElroy and Patricia K. Townsend integrate biocultural, environmental, and evolutionary approaches to the study of human health, providing a complete and authoritative ecological perspective that is essential for interpreting medical anthropology. Research by biological anthropologists, archaeologists, and paleopathologists illuminates the history and prehistory of disease, along with coverage of contemporary health issues, both local and global. This sixth edition is thoroughly revised and updated, with expanded discussion on the interaction of environment and infectious disease; new material on climate change, globalization, and the effects of war on physical and mental health; and an entirely new chapter on ethics in community health and medical anthropology. Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspective captures the essentials of the discipline and covers its ever-changing topics, trends, and developments in an engaging, accessible way.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780367097905
Number of pages: 402
Weight: 903 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
Edition: 6th New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
""Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspective" presents human health and nutrition from a perspective that recognizes the overlapping and synergistic functions of biology, behavior, and environment. A classic in medical anthropology, this remains one of the fundamental texts in the field."
Dale L. Hutchinson, University of North Carolina
"A major strength of this comprehensive and accessible text is its demonstration of the relationship between physiology and cultural experiences of disease and illness."
William McKellin, University of British Columbia
"McElroy and Townsend's text captures the breadth and depth of medical anthropology, expertly weaving content with case studies. They carefully highlight how power and access to resources are fundamental concerns in anthropological and ecological approaches to health and illness. An excellent resource for students interested in biocultural approaches to understanding our current health and healthcare challenges."
K. Jill Fleuriet, University of Texas San Antonio
"The extensive use of profiles as illustrative case studies, often incorporating the field experiences of the anthropologist, humanizes and concretizes abstract ideas raised in the chaptersmaking those concepts more understandable for students."
Sheila Cosminsky, Professor Emerita, Rutgers University, Camden
Praise for previous editions:
"I have used "Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspective" on numerous occasions and it is close to my ideal for a textbook in anthropology. Its perspectives in ecology, evolution, and biocultural interpretation are in the forefront of the biomedical and social sciences. I should be proud to have written it myself."
Michael Little, Binghamton University, SUNY
"McElroy and Townsend's textbook is a classic, and remains the best overall introduction to medical anthropology available. It is engagingly and clearly written, covering a broad range of topics from biocultural and evolutionary perspectives. I wouldn't consider using any other text to introduce students to this fascinating field of study."
Katherine A. Dettwyler, University of Delaware
"The ecological perspective has proven its utility for understanding health and healing across cultures and through the major health transitions. The new edition of McElroy and Townsend retains the classic ecological approach while updating and expanding treatment of the major topics adding illustrative and contemporary case studies; it continues to be in the very first rank of medical anthropology texts."
Lawrence Schell, University at Albany, SUNY
""Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspective" is one of those rare texts that should be required reading for students in medical anthropology, medical sociology and medical school."
Helena Ragone, University of Massachusetts
"McElroy and Townsend continue to provide a complete and authoritative ecological perspective that is essential for interpreting medical anthropology. They have been able to capture the essentials of the discipline in an interesting and informative manner."
George Armelagos, Emory University
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"I have used Medical Anthropology in Ecological Perspective on numerous occasions and it is close to my ideal for a textbook in anthropology. Its perspectives in ecology, evolution, and biocultural interpretation are in the forefront of the biomedical and social sciences. I should be proud to have written it myself."
--Michael Little, Binghamton University, SUNY

"McElroy and Townsend's textbook is a classic, and remains the best overall introduction to medical anthropology available. It is engagingly and clearly written, covering a broad range of topics from biocultural and evolutionary perspectives. I wouldn't consider using any other text to introduce students to this fascinating field of study."
--Katherine A. Dettwyler, University of Delaware

"The ecological perspective has proven its utility for understanding health and healing across cultures and through the major health transitions. The new edition of McElroy and Townsend retains the classic ecological approach while updating and expanding treatment of the major topics adding illustrative and contemporary case studies; it continues to be in the very first rank of medical anthropology texts."
--Lawrence Schell, University at Albany, SUNY

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