Medical anthropology at the intersections 3 the practicing side of the profession is also prospering as seen every two years when the sma meets with the society for applied anthropology sfaa and medical anthropological themes are especially prominent given its practice orientation medical anthropology has often been described as an. Praise an assessment of disciplinary progress to date and potential next steps is rejuvenating rewarding and necessary this excellent edited volume medical anthropology at the intersections does just thatit will serve as a valuable learning tool for advanced undergraduate or graduate students. Medical anthropology is a field of anthropology focused on the relationship between health illness and culture beliefs and practices about health vary across different cultures and are influenced by social religious political historical and economic factors. In doing so they demonstrate that medical anthropology has developed dynamically through its intersections with activism with other subfields in anthropology and with disciplines as varied as public health the biosciences and studies of race and ethnicity each of the contributors addresses one or more of these intersections. Medical anthropology at the intersections the society for medical anthropology sma of the american anthropological association held an international conference medical anthropology at the intersections celebrating 50 years of interdisciplinarity at yale university from september 24 27 2009
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