Middle Eastern Philosophy and Approach to Medicine and Patient Care
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AbstractThe nature of physiology and medicine in Middle Eastern society is an integral aspect of modern medicine. Especially in American society today, it is easy to prescribe to linear characterizations of the practice of healing and treatment without analyzing how these methods came to be, or if there are alternative, more efficient means. At the very least, medical philosophy of the Middle East should be thoroughly analyzed as to increase awareness and benefit those seeking an alternate view of medicine. From a physician or caretaker's standpoint, it is critical to research this topic so one can tactfully aid and maximize the efficacy of the healing process of a member of this society, respectful of custom and religion, avoiding taboo or approaches in a counteractive manner. This paper's purpose is to elucidate and analyze the easterner's mindset and mental framework on how healing is viewed, primarily through religious and cultural lenses. Case studies and current topics of debate will be reported on issues where physiological advancements have created phenomenas unique to this society, bringing a greater understanding of how adherent easterners are of certain values and how advancements in society push adaptation and modernization. Overall, this thesis will bridge the understanding of the Middle Eastern convention of medicine, contributing to more effective interaction, discourse, and positivity between diverse cultures in an ever-globalizing society.
Degree ProgramHonors College