Culture and the Clinical Encounter: An Intercultural Sensitizer for the Health Professions (1996, Rena Groper, Intercultural Press; You can also preview a large part of the book this book on Google Books)
In each case presented in this book, cultural factors have a significant impact on how health problems are perceived and treated—by both the patients and the health professionals. Each case includes a choice of four possible responses for dealing with the situation, with an explanation in a separate section as to the appropriateness of each response. The book concludes with 10 pages of helpful principles for working with those from different cultures, including the awareness of the influence of our own culture on our perceptions of others (Section Four). We find the sensitizers to be challenging and quite fun! It is a great way to further develop helping skills regarding human diversity/cultural variation.
Other Books (among many!)
Here are two other books on culture appreciation/learning that are east to read, enjoyable, and filled with lots of examples and practical helps.
**Figuring Foreigners Out: A Practical Guide (1999) by Craig Stori
See preview at Google Books
**Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot- and Cold-Climate Cultures (2000) by Sarah Lanier
Note: Be sure to check on sites like http://www.amazon.com/ to compare prices.
Reflection and Discussion