The Back Door to Medicine: An Embedded Anthropologist Tells All Robert Anderson

ISBN: 9781440172892

Published: October 2nd 2009

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276 pages


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The Back Door to Medicine: An Embedded Anthropologist Tells All  by  Robert   Anderson

The Back Door to Medicine: An Embedded Anthropologist Tells All by Robert Anderson
October 2nd 2009 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 276 pages | ISBN: 9781440172892 | 3.62 Mb

An anthropologist typically does research by immersing oneself in a society, learning the language if need be, spending a year or two observing, asking questions, getting involved, photographing, videotaping, and writing copious notes on how peopleMoreAn anthropologist typically does research by immersing oneself in a society, learning the language if need be, spending a year or two observing, asking questions, getting involved, photographing, videotaping, and writing copious notes on how people live their lives- in other words, on how they experience and manifest their culture.

Anthropologists call that method participant observation, and the goal is to produce a cultural description that can be shared with any and all who might be interested. This book describes three cultures in a single, integrated narrative. For one, it offers a case study of the culture of anthropology itself as it records how I experienced ethnographic research as both a method and a way of life.My original goal was to describe the culture of chiropractic as a prominent and important field of alternative medicine. As is common in anthropology, that seemingly straight-forward objective detoured in an unanticipated direction.

I accomplished my purpose by graduating from a chiropractic college as a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.).Still another unanticipated diversion in this complex ethnographic adventure led to medical school, but not in an accredited institution in the United States. Taking a leave of absence from my professorship at Mills College, I eventually graduated from a Mexican medical school as a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). I earned qualifications in medicine and surgery by entering the profession through a back door.



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