William Lynwood Montell. Tales from Kentucky Doctors. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 2008. pp256 cloth $24.95, ebook $24.95.
Donald E. Clare
In today’s modern world of advancing electronic technology and data management, health care delivery, compared to that of one or two generations ago, has changed just as much as automobile design and manufacturing has changed since Henry Ford’s first Model T replaced the horse and buggy. But not all change is good. Sometimes change neglects to preserve the human element and, in so doing, forfeits such characteristics as caring, dedication, vocation, commitment, and sacrifice. Continue reading “William Lynwood Montell, Tales from Kentucky Doctors”
Beneath the Outrage: 2009 Task Force Recommendations Undermine Online Breast Cancer Community
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
In November of 2009, the United States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) released medical recommendations suggesting a significant reduction in the use of mammography and self exams in breast cancer diagnosis. This paper examines forum threads from the Susan G. Komen message board that captures the immediate outrage and confusion of a group of breast cancer survivors. Analyzing this online communication reveals the ways in which the USPSTF announcement threatened the community’s trusted rituals, traditions and belief systems and aims to bring the unique values of the breast cancer community into a larger academic awareness. This study demonstrates how the mishandling of the 2009 announcement highlights the importance of moving beyond strictly scientific methodology to a greater use of applied folklore and ethnographic analysis to better respect the unique needs of patient groups.
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Maryline Parca and Angeliki Tzanetou, eds. Finding Persephone: Women’s Rituals in the Ancient Mediterranean. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2007. 289 pp. $65.00 cloth, $24.95 paperback.
Finding Persephone: Women’s Rituals in the Ancient Mediterranean sheds light on an oft-ignored issue in classical studies: women’s religious roles. Because of the stark division of male and female spheres of influence in the classical world, and the fact that the primary recorders of ancient ritual were men, the evidence for the religious lives of ancient women is scant. Finding Persephone is intended to fill this gap in scholarly literature. Continue reading “Maryline Parca and Angeliki Tzanetou, eds. Finding Persephone: Women’s Rituals in the Ancient Mediterranean”