Re: Anthro for nurses? Suggestions needed

Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Thu, 16 Nov 1995 21:01:25 -0500

There is (or was) a nurse with a doctorate who taught at New York
University some time ago, and write an important book on the use of the
hand in healing -- for nurses. It may be that some of the nurses are
alaready acquainted with it. It was considered important, and perhaps
that can be tied in with other methods used by so-called "primitive"
peoples. Ruby Rohrlich

On Tue, 14 Nov 1995, PamWilson/GregSmith wrote:

> I've been hired to teach an introductory "Culture and Society" course which has
> been made a required course in the curriculum for a local nursing school. This
> provides me with the challenge of designing a course which will cover the basic
> concepts of cultural anthro while at the same time being meaningful and directly
> relevant to the professional nursing practices of my students. I'm excited about
> the possibilities (and applaud the medical profession for finally acknowledging
> the importance of our field to their practice!).
> However, I'm out of my area of expertise here. I've never taught medical
> anthropology (or even studied it in depth), so I too will be learning as I go
> along. I had to choose texts with about 3 days notice, so I've ordered
> Lindenbaum's "Knowledge, Power and Practice" and Jordan's "Birth in Four
> Cultures" as readers to supplement the Richard Robbins' cultural anthro textbook
> they used previously.
> I'd appreciate any suggestions about how to structure the course, any types of
> assignments and class activities which might be helpful and effective, and
> especially any films or videos that any of you have found good for teaching and
> which might speak to issues relevant to cultural issues of health, healing, etc.
> Oh yes--even though my students' books are ordered, if you have suggestions
> about anything I could read to incorporate into lectures, etc., that would be
> great!
> Thanks in advance,
> Pam Wilson
> Carlow College (Pittsburgh)