Joan Kleinman

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Relative to studies of patients in the West, little research has focused on the lived experiences of patients with mental illness in non-Western societies. The current understanding of the phenomenology of depression and other psychiatric disorders is almost entirely based on studies of Western populations. The objective of the present study was to examine(More)
BACKGROUND We developed and evaluated a comprehensive, ongoing intervention for families of schizophrenic patients appropriate for China's complex family relationships and unique social environment. METHOD Sixty-three DSM-III-R schizophrenic patients living with family members were enrolled when admitted to hospital and randomly assigned to receive(More)
The authors define experience as an intersubjective medium of microcultural and infrapolitical processes in which something is at stake for participants in local worlds. Experience so defined mediates (and transforms) the relationship between context and person, meaning and psychobiology in health and illness and in healing. Building on this theoretical(More)
Chinese communities in East Asia are undergoing great economic and social change. The result includes material prosperity but also worsening mental and social health indices. Epidemiological studies clarify the magnitude of these problems and the particular vulnerability of women and the elderly. Ethnographic studies indicate that moral experience is also(More)
The role of iron in schizophrenia (SC) has aroused attention because of its modulatory effect on the dopamine receptor and its role as a cofactor for tyrosine hydroxylase. In addition, several postmortem studies suggest that increased mineralization (especially iron) of the basal ganglia is a possible clinicopathological correlate of schizophrenia. In order(More)
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