Role of Medical Anthropology in Understanding Cultural Differences in Sexuality

  title={Role of Medical Anthropology in Understanding Cultural Differences in Sexuality},
  author={Emily Wentzell and Christine Labuski},
Here we explain how practitioners can use insights from anthropological studies of medicine, gender, and sexuality to provide more responsive sexual health care. Anthropology is the study of human behavior and biology in relationship to changing time and place. Anthropologists think holistically and comparatively in order to understand the context-dependent development of human practices and problems which might otherwise appear universal. In this chapter, we demonstrate how a medical… Expand
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