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Combining the Applied, the Visual and the Medical
Patients Teaching Physicians with Visual Narratives
Richard Chalfen and Michael Rich
research has always been a fruitful domain for visual methods,
manifesting a mutual appreciation of the medical and the visual. In
turn, applied anthropology has long-standing interests in health and
medical issues (Chambers 1985; van Willigen 2002). The following
chapter takes these relationships a few steps further by exploring the
interface of visual, applied, media and medical anthropology. This
ambitious integration represents a complicated terrain, necessitating a
combination of many theoretical, practical and ethical considerations.
The visual narratives project combines the production of visual
material with an appropriate model of visual analysis coupled with a
culturally sensitive mode of intervention and application.