By Mark Nichter
Spotting the importance of cultural features within the perform of medication, this publication areas a powerful emphasis at the social constitution, customs, and heritage of the indigenous inhabitants and its ramifications on healthiness care prone. The e-book additionally considers the econo-cultural affects at the manner drugs is practiced. through together with chapters that target healthiness care's surprising introduction as commodity and the microeconomic method of public investment for healthiness care amenities, the Nichters discover an international within which funds and sufferers' expectancies play an ever expanding position within the manner healthiness care is supplied.
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In addition to the balancing of body humors, these regimens were taken to increase, strengthen, and thicken the husband’s dhātu (the vital part of semen) and to cool the wife’s overly hot body, purify her blood, and stop female dhātu loss manifest as leucorrhea (Nichter 1981b). Despite these efforts, the woman had not conceived. We came to know this couple quite well and on one occasion we questioned them individually about their sexual behavior—a matter of utmost intimacy. To our astonishment, we found that for seven years the couple had been having sexual relations only for the first three days following the menstruation purification bath.
14 In India, Nag (1968:83) reported that some West Bengali women consider the fourth to twelfth days following the onset of menstruation to be favorable for conception. A related reference to lay perceptions of “safe period” was found in Mandelbaum’s (1970) book on social and cultural dimensions of human fertility in India. Mandelbaum devoted one paragraph to this subject while making note of the implications of postmenstruation taboos: There is one kind of abstinence that paradoxically may result in higher rather than lower fertility.
Based on our interviews, we suspect that many such couples practice a combination of safe period-withdrawal, or safe period-condom use. Indigenous and eclectic notions of fertility affect practice as well as efficacy of practice. 36 From the interview data gathered, it would appear that literate, young Sri Lankan couples having no or only one child, who wish to postpone or space childbirth would constitute ideal candidates for such programs. Many of these couples are not current users of modern methods and many of those who use condoms do so in combination with an idea of fertility which is unscientific.
Anthropology and International Health: Asian Case Studies (Theory and Practice in Medical Anthropology and International Health, V. 3) by Mark Nichter