edited by Ann L. Clark, 248 pp, $24 (United States), $29 (Canada), Philadelphia, FA Davis Co, 1980.
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This book is an attempt to answer the question: "Just what does anthropology have to offer to parent-child care?" To do this, the book is organized into ten chapters; the first is an attempt to answer the question in a general way, the nine following chapters, each answering the question in terms of a specific culture that health care providers can encounter in the United States. Each chapter is written by a nurse who grew up as a member of that culture. The cultures covered are middle-class American, American Indian, Black American, Japanese American, Chinese American, Filipino American, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, and Vietnamese American.
This book repeatedly demonstrates how culture-specific knowledge can help the health care professional conduct a visit in a way that is culture compatible and can make it likely that the patient will both understand and follow the treatment recommendations. For instance, knowledge of traditional greeting
CHAMBERLIN RW. Culture and Childbearing. Am J Dis Child. 1981;135(8):771-772. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1981.02130320079032