Culture of Health Seeking Behaviour : A Medical Anthropological Study on the Drukpas of Buxa Duar Region of West Bengal, India
Dr. Pinak Tarafdar.
xii, 208 p. ills. 24 cm.
Place & Publisher
1st ed. Delhi, B. R. Publishing Corporation.
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"The book entitled `culture of health seeking behaviour' explores the
process of searching and availing the health care services prevalent in a
culture and it also examines the subsequent transformation in virtue of
modernization. Explanatory model of an individual belonging to a specific
culture plays a determining role for choosing appropriate health seeking
behaviour. The said behaviour is actually a decision making process
governed by an individual of a particular culture. Every culture has its
own dimension of health care system and it is characterized with
self-sufficiency untile it experiences invitable interaction with the outer
world. There is a consensus agreement that the health status of the tribal
population is very poor specifically whenever they have been exposed and
interacted with other complex culture. The present study has been conducted
among the Drukpa's of Buxa-Duar region and the prime objective of the study
is to understand the health seeking behaviour of that particular tribal
community inhabited in West Bengal, India. This is perphaps the first
endeavour that any sort of indepth anthropological query has been carried
out among the Drukpas with special reference to care seeking behaviour
under the domain of distictive sub-discipline known as medical
anthropology. The study also identifies a unique cultural periphery of
adequate resemblance with the neighbouring country Bhutan."
2. The Area, Villages and the People
3. Traditional Health Seeking Behaviour
4. Modern Health Care Facilities
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