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Culture and Health

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 14 February 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:637
  1. Kamran Abbasi, editorial registrar
  1. BMJ

    Malcolm MacLachlan John Wiley & Sons, £15.99, pp 316 ISBN 0 471 96626 6

    “This book offers a path through a forest,” promises Malcolm MacLachlan. The foliage in question is the tangled, intertwined confusion of today's multicultural society: “At different times of day the light will play tricks on you with shadows pointing you to travel in one direction or another.” Many paths are false trails, but MacLachlan aims to guide us through with original concepts mixed in with worldwide examples of how culture complicates health. Cultural differences can seem both …

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