Concepts and a model for the comparison of medical systems as cultural systems.

@article{Kleinman1978ConceptsAA,
  title={Concepts and a model for the comparison of medical systems as cultural systems.},
  author={Arthur M Kleinman},
  journal={Social science \& medicine},
  year={1978},
  volume={12 2B},
  pages={
          85-95
        }
}
  • A. Kleinman
  • Published 1978
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Social science & medicine
Abstract A model and related concepts are present for ethnographic and comparative research on medical systems as cultural systems. The major structural and functional aspects of the health care system model are briefly sketched. Clinical realities, explanatory model (EM) transactions in health care relationships, a distinction between disease/illness, cultural healing and cultural iatrogenesis, and the core adaptive taks of health care systems are concepts based on this model which have… Expand
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