Human Health: A Bio-cultural Synthesis

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  • Author :Subir Biswas
  • Year of Publication :2012
  • ISBN: :9788180698460
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: XVI, 248
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Anthropology, Health

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About the Book :

"World Health Organization defines Health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Therefore, health includes physical, social and psychological well-being. Anthropologists, working on said aspects, are realizing that both biological and social factors need to be considered to understand human health. Anthropologists examine the major health issues that affect most human societies, describing and synthesizing the ways in which biology, culture, health, and environment interact. Therefore, the subject itself is developing as 'Bio-cultural syntheses'. The present work is an outcome of two national seminar entitled "Human Health: A Bio-cultural Synthesis" (Phases I and II) organized by Department of Anthropology, West Bengal State University during March 2010. It intends to explore such field of Anthropology and related health sciences to understand it from the holistic point of view. Therefore, it is not only related to biological or genetic aspect of health, but also socio-cultural influences on human health. This book would help researchers, policy-makers, administrators and workers working in the field of human health to understand the same as a bio-cultural synthesis."

About Author :

Subir Biswas is Professor and Former Head, Department of Anthropology, West Bengal State University, Barasat, Kolkata. Earlier he was an Assistant Professor at Department of Anthropology of North Bengal University (since 2001). His area of interests are Anthropological demography, Gender, Health and Bioethics. He has to his credit several research projects of UGC, ICSSR, CWS (NBU), UGC-IUC associateship at IIAS, Shimla; and successfully guided five doctorate scholars. He has published five edited books as well as several research articles of anthropological interests published in national and international journals.