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Cross-cultural medicine
Bigby, JudyAnn.
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Philadelphia : American College of Physicians, [2003]

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ix, 289 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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RA418.5.T73 C765 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Primary Care physicians often run into unexpected cultural obstacles when dealing with patients of different ethnicities. This book includes information essential to physicians' understanding in the treatment of African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Americans and Arab and Muslim Americans. Other chapters address issues of spirituality and religion in medicine and caring for immigrant populations.

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Through this work, Bigby and ten contributors present an excellent discussion of strategies for medical care of diverse cultural groups. Well qualified by education and experience, the contributors devote an entire chapter to the cultural differences and concerns of each of six diverse cultural groups. Case studies representing each group make the discussion come alive and should be most helpful to those who read this book. Specific tables outlining strategies are also included throughout. Thoroughly researched, each chapter is followed by an appropriate bibliography of current and classic references. In the first chapter, Bigby presents a detailed discussion of strategies for the care of persons from diverse cultures. A chapter on spirituality addresses the variation in views and beliefs about health held by many of the cultural groups profiled. The final chapter is devoted to the role of medicine in advocating for health systems to provide health care to members of various cultural groups. A welcome addition to medical libraries and to anyone seeking to care for patients with greater understanding. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals. V. B. Byers emerita, SUNY Upstate Medical University

Table of Contents

JudyAnn BigbyMelissa WelchSusana MoralesChristine Makosky Daley and Sean M. DaleyJean Lau Chin and JudyAnn BigbyMaya M. Hammoud and M. Kay SiblaniBarbara OgurLinda BarnesJudyAnn Bigby
1. Beyond Culture: Strategies for Caring for Patients from Diverse Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Groupsp. 1
2. Care of Blacks and African Americansp. 29
3. Care of Latinosp. 61
4. Care of American Indians and Alaska Nativesp. 95
5. Care of Asian Americansp. 129
6. Care of Arab Americans and American Muslimsp. 161
7. Caring for Immigrantsp. 195
8. Spirituality and Religion in Health Carep. 237
9. Advocating for Health Care Systems That Meet the Needs of Diverse Populationsp. 269
Indexp. 277