When rational men fall sick: an inquiry into some assumptions made by medical anthropologists.

@article{Young1981WhenRM,
  title={When rational men fall sick: an inquiry into some assumptions made by medical anthropologists.},
  author={Andrew Young},
  journal={Culture, medicine and psychiatry},
  year={1981},
  volume={5 4},
  pages={317-35}
}
  • Andrew Young
  • Published 1981 in Culture, medicine and psychiatry
Medical anthropologist spend most of their time eliciting and interpreting people's statements about sickness and health. For this task, they make certain assumptions about the importance of language and reason. In this paper I argue that their assumptions are tailored to fit an hypothetical Rational Man rather than real people. The concept of 'explanatory models of sickness' is used to illustrate this point. My critique begins by drawing attention to two non-cognitive determinants of people's… CONTINUE READING

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