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Title: Suburban Shaman
Publisher: Hammersmith Press Limited
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: New
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'Medicine is not just about science. It's also all about stories, and about the mingling of narratives among doctors, and between them and their patients.'
So writes Cecil Helman after 27 years as a family practitioner in and around London interlaced with training and research as a medical anthropologist, comparing a wide variety of medical systems and other forms of healing.
This unique combination of frontline health worker and detached academic informs the many stories that make up this fascinating book. It also informs the author's insights into what human suffering can teach us about ourselves and our own attitudes to health and illness, whether we are deliverers or recipients of health care.
With insight and compassion, Dr Helman's stories take the reader on a journey from apartheid South Africa, where he did his medical training, to the London of the early 1970s, where for a short time he foreswore medicine to become an anthropologist and poet; from ship's doctor on a Mediterranean cruise to family practitioner in London; from observing curative trance dances in the favelas of Brazil to interviewing sangomas in South Africa.
While trained in the Western tradition and with many years of practice in that system, Dr Helman's anthropological insight leads him to view illness in a wider personal, social and cultural context, considering elements beyond the purely physical. In pleading for this holistic approach he celebrates family medicine which 'in its quiet and unassuming way, and every day of the week, is still at the very frontline of human suffering'.
Winner of the 2007 Medical Journalists Association Book Award in the 'general readership' section
Chosen as Book of the Week by BBC Radio4
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Hammersmith Press is an independent publishing house producing books for the general public and health professionals that promote better health and well-being through a greater understanding of the human body and mind, with a particular emphasis on the importance of nutrition and diet.
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Dr Cecil Helman was born in Cape Town, South Africa into a family of doctors. He studied medicine there during the apartheid era before moving to the UK where he studied anthropology at University College London. After a spell as a ship's doctor he became a family practitioner in London while also developing a distinguished academic career. He has been a Visiting Fellow in Social Medicine and Health Policy at Harvard Medical School and a Visiting Professor in Multi-cultural Health at University of New South Wales. He retired from clinical practice in 2002 and is currently Professor of Medical Anthropology at Brunel University and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Primary Care & Population Sciences, Royal Free & University College Medical School, London, UK. He is the author of the leading textbook Culture, Health and Illness which has been used in 42 countries, and of a book of essays, and several books of poetry. Suburban Shaman is the story of his experiences.
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