Mountains and Medicines: History and Medicines Use in Rural Nepal (Commentary)
Southern Med Review 2011, April, 4, 1
Southern Med Review
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Introduction In the past ten years a number of articles have appeared in a range of journals that discuss the value and ways of using an historical approach in current health research, policy and practice (1-8). While an interest in history has long been present in the study of health, these articles cumulatively suggest that historians through their different interests, conceptual approaches and particular methods can provide valuable insights into today's concerns (9-10). These perspectives complement those provided by researchers from other social science disciplines and, in terms of the patient or consumer of services, further deepen our understanding, whether at an individual or population level. For the most part, this debate about history has been conducted in and about developed countries and has focused on public health. Nevertheless an increasing interest is being shown in developing countries where these other social science disciplines, and especially anthropology, already have a major involvement in health research (11). In late 2004 the World Health Organization (WHO) established the Global Health Histories (GHH) project which 'promotes the concept that learning from history is vital to help shape a healthier future for everyone, especially those most in need' (12).
- Category: Health & Fitness
- Published: Apr 01, 2011
- Publisher: Zaheer-Ud-Din Babar, PhD
- Seller: The Gale Group, Inc.
- Print Length: 16 Pages
- Language: English