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In this book, Kleinman proposes an international view of mental illness and mental care.

Arthur Kleinman, M.D., examines how the prevalence and nature of disorders vary in different cultures, how clinicians make their diagnoses, and how they heal, and the educational and practical implications of a true understanding of the interplay between biology and culture.

Arthur Kleinman, M.D., is Professor of Anthropology and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, in the Harvard University Department of Anthropology, and at The Cambridge Hospital. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He and his, Joan Kleinman, have, for decades, collaborated on field research in China, Taiwan, and North America.