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Disease Change and the Role of Medicine: The Navajo Experience

Stephen Kunitz

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 1983 | ISBN: 9780520049260
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520909649 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520049260.001.0001
Disease Change and the Role of Medicine: The Navajo Experience

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This book raises issues for public policy in the medical field. It is based on data accumulated during long-term research on Navajo Indian epidemiology. Through examination of this medical microcosm, it can be seen that the role of Western medicine presently needs review, clarification, and perhaps redefinition in today's complex social milieu. This book sees a future challenge to medicine in dealing with the degenerative and man-made diseases, as contrasted with its past successes in controlling infectious diseases. The wealth of information and its in-depth analysis make this book a valuable contribution to the growing literature on cross-cultural healthcare.

Keywords: public policy; Navajo Indian; epidemiology; medicine; degenerative diseases; man-made diseases; Western medicine; cross-cultural healthcare; long-term research; infectious diseases

Book.  232 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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Introduction in Disease Change and the Role of Medicine: The Navajo Experience

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Mortality, Fertility, and Social Organization in Disease Change and the Role of Medicine: The Navajo Experience

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Economic and Demographic Change on the Navajo Reservation in Disease Change and the Role of Medicine: The Navajo Experience

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Disease Patterns on the Navajo Reservation in Disease Change and the Role of Medicine: The Navajo Experience

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Traditional Navajo Health Beliefs and Practices in Disease Change and the Role of Medicine: The Navajo Experience

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Health Care Utilization in Disease Change and the Role of Medicine: The Navajo Experience

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Changing Mortality and the Role of Medicine in Disease Change and the Role of Medicine: The Navajo Experience

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