Tag Archives: Anthropology

Pediatric pishogues

C. Anthony Ryan Bridget Maher Cork, Ireland   Illustration by John Bauer Although superstitions abound in all societies, Irish tradition has an especially long and rich tradition of folk beliefs and superstitions. Thus, when a newborn infant was recently diagnosed with Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome,1 a triad of port-wine stain, varicose veins, and hypertrophy, his mother burst […]

Rice and reason

Wendy J. Gu Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA   Nian gao may be deep fried for New Year’s Day Rice, noodles, breads, buns, and pancakes all appear in traditional Chinese cuisine, but white rice is the ultimate staple. It can be found at all meals, from breakfast to dinner to dessert, in various guises and preparations, but it […]

When you cannot decide witch doctor to consult

Florence Gelo Rosemary Harris Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States   Healing evil possession Mohamed Osman Acrylic 24” x 36” Physicians often face practical dilemmas when treating patients from cultures whose belief systems may differ greatly from those underlying Western medicine. Non-Western healing modalities often attempt to integrate the spiritual and physical, and in some instances, traditional […]

A culpable culture: underlying factors in obesity among Hispanic women

Sarah Bahr Indianapolis, Indiana, USA   La maja vestida, c. 1803, Francisco Goya The modern obesity epidemic is an extensive, and growing, problem worldwide. According to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the 2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that the obesity rate doubled among adults and the number of overweight children tripled […]