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May 25, 2005



I always say comparative nosology is where it's at.

noso-, combining for of Greek 'nosos', disease, as in nosology, branch of medical science dealing with classification of diseases.

(Concise Oxford Dictionary 4th ed. [My copy cost 22 shillings and 6 pence from Angus and Robertson.])

It's a fascinating business to discover culturally different nosological explanations, but a good anthropologist will make note of the fact that their informant has a culturally bound perception of the particular cause of a disease.

Just as the anthropologist does.

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