• Mark Nichter
Part of the Culture, Illness, and Healing book series (CIHE, volume 15)


In this book I present a series of eleven essays written between 1978 and 1987 on subjects relevant to the anthropology of health and international health. The issues addressed in these essays were investigated during 38 months of fieldwork in rural southwest peninsular India (1974–86) and 15 months of fieldwork in southwest Sri Lanka (1983–84). During various periods of this time I conducted ethnographic fieldwork, explored the feasibility of participatory community research, facilitated the development of a postgraduate health education training program, and served as a consultant to various international health organizations. The essays document my ongoing attempts to integrate academic interests in the anthropology of health with applications of anthropology for international health and development.


Primary Health Care International Health Ethnographic Fieldwork Primary Health Care Worker Ongoing Attempt 
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  2. Justice, J. 1987 The bureaucratie context of international health: A social scientist’s view. Social Science and Medicine 25:12, 1301–1306.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Nichter, M. 1984 Project Community Diagnosis: Participatory research as a first step toward community involvement in primary health care. Social Science and Medicine 19: 3, 237–252.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Nichter, M. 1986 The Primary Health Center as a social system: PHC, social status and the issue of teamwork in South Asia. Social Science and Medicine 23: 4, 347–355.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Nichter, M. 1989 Vaccinations in South Asia: False expectations and commanding metaphors. In J. Coreil and D. Mull (eds.) Anthropology and Primary Health Care. The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Nichter
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyThe University of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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