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[Medical anthropology - medical students fieldwork experiences]

ZANA Ágnes, ZSINKÓ-SZABÓ Zoltán

AUGUST 20, 2013

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2013;23(07-08)

[The experience gained in teaching medical anthropology at Semmelweis University of Medicine is reported in the study. Very often medical anthropology is identified by the physical anthropology of “Dr. Bone”, although this discipline is a branch within cultural anthropology which deals with applied anthropology. During practices, students following their preclinical studies - that is already not lay but still not doing healing work - had to carry out fieldwork and participate as observants at a medical facility of their choice: inpatient, primary care clinic or alternative medical center/ clinic. The purpose of the field work was the examination and the analysis of the different healing systems, and of the doctorpatient relationship. During the nine years, more hundreds of fieldworks were made. In the study, we attempted to sum up these experiences for a better understanding of pluralism of the Hungarian medical system, the usability and eventual faults of different healing systems, and ultimately the effectiveness of the medical anthropology course.]

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