19. Ethnomedicine

  1. Dr Merrill Singer and
  2. Pamela I. Erickson
  1. Marsha B. Quinlan

Published Online: 14 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395303.ch19

A Companion to Medical Anthropology

A Companion to Medical Anthropology

How to Cite

Quinlan, M. B. (2011) Ethnomedicine, in A Companion to Medical Anthropology (eds M. Singer and P. I. Erickson), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395303.ch19

Editor Information

  1. Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut, USA

Author Information

  1. Washington State University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 8 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190022

Online ISBN: 9781444395303



  • healthwork and care, treatment and communication - ethnomedicine;
  • ethnomedicine, in anthropology - societies' notions of health and illness;
  • “ethnomedicine” in academic literature - with different meanings;
  • “ethno” prefix, ethnomedicine - seeking out “emic” anthropological view;
  • ethnomedicine, two goals - examining health related theories and knowledge;
  • anthropology's tradition of moving - from etic to emic inquiry;
  • culture influences construction of EMS - theories and explanatory themes and images;
  • ethnomedicine of the mind - ethnopsychiatry;
  • ethnopsychiatry, translational field - cultural views on mental illness;
  • ethnopharmacology, examining drugs or medicines


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • What Is Ethnomedicine?

  • Explanatory Models

  • Explanation and Treatment

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgements

  • References

  • Further Reading