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Practical logics: the shapes and lessons of popular medical knowledge and practice--examples from Vietnam and Indigenous Australia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10975230     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Popular medical knowledge and practice exist in forms that people are able to remember, and that they use to manage their daily lives. This knowledge is fundamentally practical and relates to the patterns of everyday life and the rhythms of the body. The broad "polythetic" concepts of this knowledge system are typically drawn from both dominant and other medical knowledges, and combined in pragmatic, mnemonic ways that constitute a hybrid system. Such popular medical knowledge is attuned to local, family and cultural patterns of medical and other authority, and to the personal dispositions and environmental contexts of its users. Health promoters and educators who understand these formal, embodied and familiar dimensions of popular knowledge can potentially mimic this knowledge system, making their interventions a sustainable part of everyday family life.
D Craig
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social science & medicine (1982)     Volume:  51     ISSN:  0277-9536     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Sci Med     Publication Date:  2000 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-12-22     Completed Date:  2000-12-22     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8303205     Medline TA:  Soc Sci Med     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  703-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
Indigenous Health Programme, Australian Centre for International and Tropical Health and Nutrition, University of Queensland, Herston.
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MeSH Terms
Cultural Characteristics
Health Education
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Health Promotion
Health Services, Indigenous
Medicine, Traditional*
Oceanic Ancestry Group*

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