Social Origins of Distress and Disease

  title={Social Origins of Distress and Disease},
  author={Richard A. Shweder},
Social Origins of Distress and Disease (henceforth Social Origins) is the most important book to be written in medical anthropology in a long time. The book is stimulating, passionate, sophisticated, balanced and theoretically up-to-date. It sets out an inspiring agenda for the anthropological study of suffering. It raises profound questions about psychic and physical pain, spiritual embodiment and somatization, and about the possibilities of cross-cultural understanding and translation of the… CONTINUE READING
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