[Functional somatic syndromes from the view of cultural anthropology].

Ayako Nakagami*, Takuya Tsujiuchi

*Corresponding author for this work

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The functional somatic syndromes have acquired major socio-cultural and political dimensions. Socio-cultural factors clearly affect symptoms, suffering, and disability perception and reporting. And knowledge of explanatory models of bodily distress for patients from different cultural backgrounds is useful in the establishment of a stable doctor -patient relationship. FSS may be an operational category to bridge between medical explanatory model and patient's model. According to medical anthropology, sickness has two faces; illness and disease. "Disease" is the problem from the practitioner's perspective, and "illness" is the human experience of symptoms and suffering. In this paper, the anthropological research on chronic fatigue syndrome as "not real" illness experience was described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1683-1688
Number of pages6
JournalNippon rinsho. Japanese journal of clinical medicine
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Sept
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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