Culture and Disease

Helen Ullrich, a physician and medical anthropologist, speaks about her study of depression among women in India in the 1980s, in which she considers factors such as social class and personality.

In the second segment [11:30], James Patterson discusses his history of cancer, from the time of Ulysses S. Grant to the 1980s, entitled The Dread Disease: Cancer and Modern American Culture, which was a History Book Club selection.

At the time of these interviews, Ullrich was a Fellow at the National Humanities Center (1987-88).

Patterson was professor of history at Brown University.

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.

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