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By Mark Nichter

Spotting the importance of cultural points within the perform of medication, this booklet locations a powerful emphasis at the social constitution, customs, and heritage of the indigenous inhabitants and its ramifications on healthiness care companies. The publication additionally considers the econo-cultural affects at the manner drugs is practiced. by way of together with chapters that concentrate on future health care's surprising introduction as commodity and the microeconomic method of public investment for future health care amenities, the Nichters discover an international during which cash and sufferers' expectancies play an ever expanding position within the approach health and wellbeing care is supplied.

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Similarly, Delaney (1991) notes that women in Turkey provide the soil while men provide the seed. Notably, men’s and women’s contribution to procreation are differentially valued, with the male seed viewed as the sole source that creates a child and its identity. Also employed by āyurvedic practitioners are analogies associating a woman’s menstrual cycle to the movement of the sun and moon. Elsewhere in India, Marglin (1992) has found that a woman’s menstrual cycle is perceived to be analogous to the movement of the earth through the seasons.

Reference to this image of conception has most often been cited by social scientists in the course of examining patrilineal descent. The following quote is illustrative: The quality of the field can affect the quality of the grain, but it cannot determine the kind…. The seed determines the kind. CULTURAL NOTIONS OF FERTILITY IN SOUTH ASIA 5 The offspring belongs to one to whom the seed belongs. In fact he also owns the field…. By equating the woman’s body with the field or earth, and the semen with the seed, the process of reproduction is equated with the process of production and rights over the children with the rights over the crop….

4. There is a marked reluctance to adopt temporary modern family planning methods among many recently married couples having no children or only one child. This reluctance is related to an expressed concern that the use of modern methods may interfere with their ability to have healthy children in the future. Based on our interviews, we suspect that many such couples practice a combination of safe period-withdrawal, or safe period-condom use. Indigenous and eclectic notions of fertility affect practice as well as efficacy of practice.

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