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Janis Jenkins: Extraordinary Conditions--Culture and Mental Illness
In her new book Extraordinary Conditions: Culture and Experience in Mental Illness, medical anthropologist Janis H. Jenkins explores a little-known aspect of mental illness: that its onset, manifestation, diagnosis, and cure are all filtered through the lens of culture.  In other words, the same biological illness looks and acts differently depending on the cultural context in which it occurs. This is a perspective primarily available via the tools of medical anthropology and Jenkins is here to discuss her research on this topic.—Original airdate: 11/30/2015

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