Conversations I Wish I Had

Living Through Illness

What can you do with anthropology?

In the past few decades medicine has largely transformed into biomedicine bringing many social scientists into laboratories and hospitals to study how patients cope with diseases. Levels of today’s medicine allow us to keep living with a disease and anthropologists have studied people’s experience through disease. Disease and illness are often used interchangeably but disease is more accurately “an alteration in biological structure or functioning,” while illness is “how the sick person and members of the family or wider social network perceive, live with, and respond to symptoms and disability.” The rise of knowledge regarding how to live with disease is prevalent on the Internet. The Internet has become a community for people with the same disease to discuss their coping methods. This exists not only for the patients, but also for family members seeking help from other people who have had to care for loved one’s with illnesses.

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