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anthropology, culture, illness behavior, nursing theory



  1. McGrath, Barbara Burns RN, PhD


The concept of culture is used as a means to understand illness knowledge and behavior.Recently the concept has been subject to critique by those who question its usefulness in a modern world. Clearly the time is ripe for a renewed look at how the concept of culture is presented to, and utilized by, health professionals. I suggest a perspective that bridges anthropologic theory and clinical application, and examine illness as a problem of meaning. Clinical examples illustrate ways the concept can be applied in a nondominating manner.