Adair, John, 1913-. The people's health: medicine and anthropology in a Navajo community

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Title: The people's health: medicine and anthropology in a Navajo community

Published By: New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts [1970]: Appleton-Century-Crofts, [1970]. xvi, 188 p.: ill.

By line: [by] John Adair [and] Kurt W. Deuschle. With a chapter by Clifford R. Barnett and David L. Rabin

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Navajo (NT13)

Subjects: Public health and sanitation (744); Medical personnel (759); Medical care (758); Hospitals and clinics (743); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Morbidity (164);

Abstract: In 1955 a joint field health research project was undertaken on the Navajo Reservation, sponsored jointly by the Navajo Tribe, Cornell University Medical College, and the U.S. Public Health Service. The intent of the project was to develop effective medical services on the reservation and to see how knowledge obtained from this development could be applied to other ethnic peoples in similar socioeconomic circumstances, and to U.S. medical problems as a whole. The above investigation also included a detailed discussion on various types of diseases then in evidence on the reservation. Comparisons were made on concepts of health and disease held by the Navajo, in contrast to those held by the public health physician. Given particular attention in the source are the key roles played by the 'health visitors' -- bilingual Navajos who act as assistants to the public health nurse, primarily in the collection of patient information. Their integrative roles in bringing modern medical services to the Navajo are discussed at great length in the source. The work concludes with a brief but enlightening analysis of the various working relationships involved among members of the field team (e.g., anthropologists and physicians).

Document Number: 188

Document ID: nt13-188

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1955-1962

Evaluation: Ethnologist, Physician-5

Analyst: M. A. Marcus ; Marlene Martin ; 1985

Coverage Date: 1955

Coverage Place: Many Farms-Rough Rock District, Arizona, United States

LCSH: Navajo Indians


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