Multicultural Approaches to Health and Wellness in America [2 Volumes].pdf
Regan A. R. Gurung, PhD, is Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Human Development and Psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay. Born and raised in Bombay, India, he received a bachelor's degree in psychology at Carleton College and a master's degree and doctorate in social and personality psychology at the University of Washington. He worked as a NIMH postdoctoral research fellow in Health Psychology at UCLA. Gurung has received numerous local, state, and national grants for his health psychological and social psychological research. He is the author/editor of 9 other books and has published over 90 peer-reviewed publications.
This unique two-volume set describes the variety of cultural approaches to health practiced by people of varying cultural heritages and places them in stark context with traditional Western approaches to health care and medicine. Examining health practices such as Ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine that focuses on the body, the sense organs, the mind, and the soul; and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the author examines why these different approaches can explain some of the cultural variations in health behaviors, differences in why people get sick, and how they cope with illness. Traditional health care providers of all kinds-including clinicians, counselors, doctors, nurses, and social workers-will all greatly benefit by learning about vastly different approaches to health, while general readers and scholars alike will gain insight into the rich diversity of world culture and find the material fascinating.