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By Malcolm MacLachlan

Such a lot Western overall healthiness execs perform in multicultural societies. The impact of tradition on sickness, overall healthiness and rehabilitation is as a result extremely important. regardless of this, so much reduce point future health psychology texts skim over those ameliorations and imagine our conventional biomedical strategy may be acceptable for all. during this thoroughly revised and up to date variation of a groundbreaking publication, Malcolm MacLachlan redresses the stability by way of displaying how social and cultural facets have interaction with the in basic terms actual: from evaluate and therapy throughout to results on rehabilitation.

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12 CULTURE AND HEALTH communication reflect the customary habits of people from different cultures. In each case, however, the culture is the medium through which communication takes place. A culture that prohibits communication has no way of passing on its ‘shared customs’. At the most obvious level it may be the custom for a language to be spoken in one place but not in another. A gesture may mean one thing in Britain and quite another thing in Greece. ’ Even in the same country gestures can be taken to have different meanings.

2. It is tempting for clinicians to try to classify the unknown through diagnostic systems that are familiar to them. A Chinese person presenting with stomachache after experiencing bereavement as a result of the death of a family member may be described as suffering from ‘masked depression’. This insinuates that he is not suffering from the real thing but from something else that replaces it, for whatever reason. Contrariwise, in theory, a Chinese clinician may say that a French man who is depressed after experiencing a similar bereavement is suffering from ‘masked stomachache’.

It’s life-changing’. According to the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, there was a 153% increase between 1992 and 1999 in such operations, with more than one million in the last year. California leads America in ‘augs’ (augmentations) where it is apparently not uncommon for 16-year-old high school girls to get breast enlargements – long before they may have finished physically maturing. McGrath and Mukerji (2000) reported that the eight operations most commonly done on teenagers of 18 or less were (in descending order): • • • • • • rhinoplasty (‘nose jobs’) ear surgery reduction mammoplasty (breast reduction) surgery for asymmetrical breasts excision of gynaecomastia (male breast reduction) augmentation mammoplasty (breast enlargement) CULTURE AND HEALTH 29 • chin augmentation • suction-assisted lipoplasty (removal of fat under the skin).

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