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Byron J. Good, Ph.D.

Byron J. Good, Ph.D., is Professor of Medical Anthropology and Chairman in the Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Good's book, Medicine, Rationality and Experience: An Anthropological Perspective was published by Cambridge University Press in 1994. He was a co-editor of World Mental Health: Problems, Priorities and Responses, published by Oxford University Press in 1995, and of Culture and Depression: Studies in the Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Psychiatry of Affect and Disorder, published in 1985 by the University of California Press. He has been Co-Editor-in-Chief of Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry: An international journal of comparative cross-cultural research, since 1987.

Professor Good's recent publications include "Culture and DSM-IV: Diagnosis, Knowledge and Power," in Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 1996; "Studying Mental Illness in Context: Local, Global, or Universal?" in Ethos 1997; "Culture and Psychotherapy: Clinical Issues in Cross-Cultural Settings," in Culture and Psyche: Japanese Journal of Transcultural Psychiatry 1998; (with Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good) "Clinical Narratives and the Study of Contemporary Doctor-Patient Relationships," in Gary L. Albrecht, Ray Fitzpatrick and Susan C. Scrimshaw, eds., The Handbook of Social Studies in Health and Medicine (London: Sage Publications Ltd.: 2000); (with Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good) "'Fiction' and 'Historicity' in Doctors' Stories: Social and Narrative Dimensions of Learning Medicine," in Cheryl Mattingly and Linda Garro, eds., Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000).

Dr. Good's current work focuses on major mental illness and its treatment in Central Java in Indonesia. He is also carrying out research on the effects of managed mental and behavioral health services on the morale of psychiatrists and psychotherapists, as well as on the care provided for persons being treated for substance abuse or mental illness. He has developed a program of research and writing focused on social, cultural and ethical issues associated with new biotechnologies. He continues to explore the place of culture theory in medical anthropology, with a special focus on the use of narrative techniques for studies of the cultural shaping of mental illness and client-practitioner relationships.

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Department of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Department of Anthropology, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences