Kaja Finkler

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The introduction sets out two central ideas around which this collection of articles on hospital ethnography has been organised. The first is that hospitals are not identical clones of a global biomedical model. Hospitals take on different forms in different cultures and societies. Medical views and technical facilities may vary considerably leading to(More)
In the past several decades there has been an explosion in our understanding of genetics. The new genetics is an integral part of contemporary biomedicine and promises great advances in alleviating disease, prolonging human life and leading us unto the medicine of the future. The aim of this paper is to explore the ways in which people make sense of the(More)
In the past several decades there has been an explosion of research in genetics and on genetic inheritance. This new genetics is part of contemporary biomedicine and forecasts great advances in alleviating disease and prolonging human life. It also encompasses notions about biological family and kinship relations. I propose that with the advent of the new(More)
A vast social science literature exists devoted to women's health problems in developed nations..* A great deal has also been written about woraen's health in developing nations, but the majority of these investigations have centered around wo~aen's health in association with their reproductive capacities.t Little attention has been paid, however, to(More)
This article focuses on outcomes of Spiritualist treatments based upon a series of follow-up studies of patients who came to a Spiritualist temple situated in a rural region of Mexico. Categories of temple patients and conditions under which they resort to alternate therapeutic regimes are also examined. Follow-ups reveal that Spiritualist healers fail more(More)
The focus on nerves addresses the universalist-particularist debate and illuminates the differential experience of nerves between men and women. Using illustrative materials from Mexico and the United States, the hypothesis is advanced that the experience of nerves is not a culture-bound syndrome but is embodied distress, universally experienced by all(More)
Following contemporary globalization, biomedicine and western style hospitals have penetrated most corners of the world. We must therefore ask, "How has the diffusion of biomedicine impacted biomedicine's core features of practice cross culturally? How do physicians in different countries make diagnoses, explain etiology and treat patients? To what degree(More)
The new genetics has now become an integral part of contemporary biomedicine, promising great advances in alleviating disease. Like any scientific endeavor, beliefs in the new genetics tend to give new meanings to people's lives and therefore have significant implications for people's lived experience. Drawing on fieldwork in the USA and research in various(More)