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What is

Clinical Anthropology?

Clinical Anthropology is the study of healing systems around the world and the use of these systems, processes, and techniques in clinical settings. Clinical Anthropologists looks at systems, physical as well psychological and social, using an information model. Systems break down when information is inadequate, for example when you are deficient is some essential nutrient or when trying to determine the best course of action to stop a terrorist attack. Information can be lost from a system, as in blood loss, or the death of the shaman who knew where to find the mushrooms. Then there is information intrusion as when attacked by a virus, or when new ideas (evolution), world views, and technology (AK-47s and IEDs) enter Third World countries.

If you’re reading Entheogens & the Development of Culture or Mushroom in Christian Art, you can find all images referred to, in the respective table of contents by visiting the Book Catalogue.

We will also explore philosophies and myth, some of which can be viewed and read by touching the Tattoo Galleries button above. 

You can also read more about topics such as Political Systems and Health  in the Article Section.

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Author Profile

John A. Rush, Ph.D., is Professor of Anthropology at Sierra College, Rocklin, California, teaching Physical Anthropology and Magic, Witchcraft, Myth, & Religion. He and his wife manage a feral cat community and conduct on-going research into feline behavior to be published in the near future. They also maintain a large herb garden where students and faculty learn about the cultivation and preparation of numerous medicinal and magical herbs and the myths that surround them.