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Not bad for a class book. Got slightly repetitive and uninteresting as it went on. Wouldn't have read it if I wasn't assigned to, but I did learn some things from it.
Dr. Hewlett teaches at Washington State University where I studied anthropology. This book discusses how the Ebola outbreak was handled before and after the involvement of medical anthropologists with the CDC and how Dr. Barry Hewlett became the first medical anthropologist to have been called to work alongside CDC in a high profile situation, and have since opened the door for more anthropologists to become involved.It's admirable work especially in portraying the utility of anthropologists and...
Very boring like informative but in like a mind numbing way
A great recount of the beginning trials and hardships of Ebola--it brings forth a new perspective (anthropologically) that should be considered when thinking of widespread medical crises.
Was reading this for my anthropology class, Plagues and Peoples. Being scientific academic work, it was filled with a great deal of repetition which led to a short attention span on my end, but with that said it was pretty interesting. In addition to providing more detailed, insider information on Ebola (as opposed to the usual overly-dramatic media hype) this book spoke to what medical anthropologists can offer in not only the fight against Ebola but other epidemics and bioterrorism situations....
If you want to understand why Ebola seems to be out of control in West Africa, Hewlett's book will give you some insights. True the examples are not from today's sites but how the disease spreads, how culture contributes to this and how the inability of government's to provide for health needs are all explained here. More over, the author shows how anthropological understanding can make dealing with these issues can be improved thereby contributing to more effective interventions.
Not a bad book for the undergrad level and teaching the applied perspective in medical anthropology, but it gets a bit redundant towards the end.
AwesomeGreat info. This provides one of the only authentic medical anthropology intervention methods that are formally recognized and incorporated into the WHO outbreak procedure!
Definitely a book to read in the current day and age~