"An excellent book for those interested in providing
culturally responsive and effective care to our nation's increasingly
Dr. Robert Like, Robert Wood Johnson
a fine basic primer for teaching caregivers to understand the differences
in belief systems of patients from other cultures, but the book also
brings into sharp relief the difficulties of interacting within the
U.S. hospital system. Large urban hospitals are chaotic places, and
cultural misunderstandings do not enhance the care given in them. Galanti
not only reports these cases, but also offers insightful ways of handling
the problems they illustrate. She has given much consideration to the
solutions she recommends. She concludes with a very important observation:
'lt is the goal of the medical profession to provide optimal health
care for all patients. Unless cultural differences are taken into account,
this goal cannot be accomplished. Misunderstandings can often lead to
"The cultural stories
presented in this work are fascinating and illustrate the variety
of interactions that can occur among patients and providers from
different backgrounds, representing both cultural misunderstand-ings
and culturally competent health care. This informative resource will
be useful for students and health professionals interested in improving
their cultural competency skills. Up-to-date appendixes; excellent
bibliography. Summing Up: Highly recommended."
Current Reviews for Academic Libraries
book falls squarely within the best tradition of applied anthropology....
It is an excellent book to hand to medical colleagues who understand
little of cultural sensitivity (and claim they have little time to learn),
and it would be an important addition to any hospital library or reading
........-- Disabilities Studies Quarterly
"A very helpful and readable volume. . . .This is a must-read book for
any healthcare professional who deals with people from different cultures.
It should be in every hospital library."