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Medical Anthropology

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Summary of Field’s Yoga: Clinical Research Review

Introduction Tiffany Field, of the Touch Research Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine and the Fielding Graduate University, reviewed recent empirical research of yoga’s impact on psychiatric and neurological conditions, cardiovascular health, immune conditions, and pregnancy. She then assessed yoga’s physiological effects, including decreased heart rate and blood pressure, and proposed mechanisms for its … Continue reading

Medicine’s Professional Organization

The medical profession is organized as a rigidly delineated, legally mandated, and culturally reinforced pyramidal hierarchy within the larger hierarchical health services system. Advancement in the medical hierarchy is achieved in a number of ways. Pre-medical students just beginning their training must combine high academic achievement with competitive scoring on the standardized Medical College Admissions … Continue reading