Illness and Culture in Contemporary Japan: An Anthropological View

Illness and Culture in Contemporary Japan: An Anthropological View

by Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney

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Overview

A detailed and historically-informed account of the cultural practices and meaning of health care in urban Japan. The text discusses everyday hygienic practices, as well as formalized medicine that combines traditional treatments with Western biomedicine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521259828
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/29/1984
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.22(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; Part I. Basic Concepts and Attitudes Toward Health and Illness: 2. Japanese germs; 3. My very own illness: illness in a dualistic world view; 4. Physiomorphism (somatizion): an aspect of the Japanese illness etiology; Part II. Medical Pluralism: 5. Kanpo: traditional Japanese medicine of Chinese origin; 6. Medical roles of Japenese religions: a descriptive overview; 7. Medical roles of Japanese religions: a historical-symbolic interpretation; 8. Doctors and outpatients: biomedicine (I); 9. Hospitalization: biomedicine (II); 10. Medical pluralism; Summary; References; Index.

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