Friday, April 29, 2005

Patients and Healers in the Context of Culture

Anthropology Faculty, Arthur Kleinman

I would never have predicted that one of my favorite professors would have been in the Medical field, but alas, it is true. Dr. Kleinman generously offered a class entitled "Patients and Healers in the Context of Culture", and I, shy of science credits, took it...and have never been sorry. I have fancied myself somewhat of an amateur healer ever since. But more than that, he helped me to appreciate the good work of many medical professionals and researchers, but also showed, in glaring detail, the many pitfalls.

For ideas in the medical realm, I can hardly imagine a better person from whom to learn many wondrous things.