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.
KeywordsPrimary Health Care International Health Ethnographic Fieldwork Primary Health Care Worker Ongoing Attempt
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