194 pages | 1 B/W Illus.
This book focuses on health, healing and health care in Nepal. It presents an intriguing picture: the interplay between the natural processes that cause ill health or diseases and the socio-cultural processes through which people try to understand and cope with them. The work places medical tradition, health politics, gender and health, and pharmaceutical business within the wider politico-economic milieu of Nepal. It also describes the establishment of medical anthropology as an academic discipline, and its relevance for understanding the country’s specific health problems, health care traditions, and health policies.
Combining scientific research with practical experiences, the book will serve as a unique resource, especially for health workers, policymakers, and teachers and students in medical schools, those in public health, social medicine, health care, governance and political studies, sociology and social anthropology, and Nepal and South Asian studies.
List of Figures and Tables. Foreword by by Marit Bakke. Preface. Acknowledgements 1.Traditions in Research on Society, Culture and Health in Nepal 2. Healer Choice in Medically Pluralistic Cultural Settings: The Case of Nepal 3. Illness Causation and Interpretation in a Newari Town 4. Indigenous Knowledge and Health Development in Nepal 5. Food, Health, and Illness Ideology in Kirtipur 6. Uterine Prolapse, Mobile Camp Approach and Body Politics in Nepal 7. Communication Aspects in Health Care Work in Nepal 8. Challenges to Measure and Compare Disability: A Methodological Concern 9. Trade in Health Service: Unfair Competition of Pharmaceutical Products in Nepal 10. Health, Healing, and Health Care in Nepal: Current Issues and an Agenda for Change. Index
This series brings the larger Nepal and the Himalayan region to the centre stage of academic analysis and explores critical questions that confront the region, ranging from society, culture and politics to economy and ecology. The books in the series examine key themes concerning religion, ethnicity, language, identity, history, tradition, community, polity, democracy, as well as emerging issues regarding environment and development of this unique region.