Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/113404
Title:
Measles Eradication: The Role of the Anthropologist
Author:
McCombie, S.C.
Publisher:
University of Arizona, Department of Anthropology
Journal:
Atlatl
Issue Date:
1985
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/113404
Abstract:
In the Western response to infectious disease, priority has been given to preventive medicine and particularly to immunizations. The number of available vaccines is multiplying rapidly, and research directed at developing an even wider range of prophylactic agents is accelerating. Infectious disease continues to be the most important public health problem in the developing world, and vaccine—preventable disease is a cause of significant mortality and morbidity in these areas. Because the World Health Organization has called for the provision of immunizations to all of the world's children by 1990, it is likely that more anthropologists will be called upon to facilitate community acceptance of such programs. In addition to functioning as community mediators, anthropologists have other responsibilities with respect to immunization theory and practice. These include evaluating cost analyses, considering the legal and ethical aspects of immunizations, and examing the consequences of changes in epidemiological patterns in an evolutionary framework. It is also important to study the development of Western disease theory and associated practices in cultural and historical contexts.
Type:
Article
Language:
en_US
ISSN:
0275-3553

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dc.contributor.authorMcCombie, S.C.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-10-18T17:18:33Z-
dc.date.available2010-10-18T17:18:33Z-
dc.date.issued1985-
dc.identifier.issn0275-3553-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/113404-
dc.description.abstractIn the Western response to infectious disease, priority has been given to preventive medicine and particularly to immunizations. The number of available vaccines is multiplying rapidly, and research directed at developing an even wider range of prophylactic agents is accelerating. Infectious disease continues to be the most important public health problem in the developing world, and vaccine—preventable disease is a cause of significant mortality and morbidity in these areas. Because the World Health Organization has called for the provision of immunizations to all of the world's children by 1990, it is likely that more anthropologists will be called upon to facilitate community acceptance of such programs. In addition to functioning as community mediators, anthropologists have other responsibilities with respect to immunization theory and practice. These include evaluating cost analyses, considering the legal and ethical aspects of immunizations, and examing the consequences of changes in epidemiological patterns in an evolutionary framework. It is also important to study the development of Western disease theory and associated practices in cultural and historical contexts.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona, Department of Anthropologyen_US
dc.titleMeasles Eradication: The Role of the Anthropologisten_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalAtlatlen_US
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