Published Papers - Abstract 114

Manderson L & Rose G. More than a breath of difference: Competing paradigms of asthma. Anthropology and Medicine, 2000; 7(3): 335-350

Biomedical and public health discourses provide various definitions of asthma and, at times, contradictory models of etiology, treatment and prevention. These contrasting views are disseminated to the public by the media and in clinical encounters: they inform medical practice, pharmaceutical policy, and public perceptions and responses to the illness. In this paper we explore the convergences and discrepancies in the representation of asthma and contrast these with the lived experiences of women with asthma. The paper draws on research undertaken in Queensland, Australia, with women with asthma, and with their physicians and other people working in the fields of asthma policy, practice and research.