Adair, John, 1913-. The people's health: medicine and anthropology in a Navajo community

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: The people's health: medicine and anthropology in a Navajo community

Published By: Original publisher New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts [1970]: Appleton-Century-Crofts. [1970]. xvi, 188 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication [by] John Adair [and] Kurt W. Deuschle. With a chapter by Clifford R. Barnett and David L. Rabin

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2004. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Navajo (NT13)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Public health and sanitation (744); Medical personnel (759); Medical care (758); Hospitals and clinics (743); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Morbidity (164);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document In 1955 a joint field health research project was undertaken on the Navajo Reservation, sponsored jointly by the Navajo Tribe, Cornell University Medical College, and the U.S. Public Health Service. The intent of the project was to develop effective medical services on the reservation and to see how knowledge obtained from this development could be applied to other ethnic peoples in similar socioeconomic circumstances, and to U.S. medical problems as a whole. The above investigation also included a detailed discussion on various types of diseases then in evidence on the reservation. Comparisons were made on concepts of health and disease held by the Navajo, in contrast to those held by the public health physician. Given particular attention in the source are the key roles played by the 'health visitors' -- bilingual Navajos who act as assistants to the public health nurse, primarily in the collection of patient information. Their integrative roles in bringing modern medical services to the Navajo are discussed at great length in the source. The work concludes with a brief but enlightening analysis of the various working relationships involved among members of the field team (e.g., anthropologists and physicians).

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 188

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. nt13-188

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-173)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1955-1962

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist, Physician-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. M. A. Marcus ; Marlene Martin ; 1985

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1955

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Many Farms-Rough Rock District, Arizona, United States

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Navajo Indians


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