Hazel Hitson Weidman papers on Burma (Myanmar)
- 1957 - 2010
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Her statewide study of the tuberculosis control system in Massachusetts, jointly conducted with her husband Dr. William H. Weidman, provided the data for new tuberculosis control legislation. She also prepared position papers for the U.S. Public Health Services on the topic of "Public Health Goals in Metropolitan Areas" which took her into the complexities of hospital administration and staff training programs for Fresno County Hospital. Under the sponsorship of the state of California, Weidman developed a community-wide program for the protection of battered children.
Prompted by a need to establish closer ties with anthropologist colleagues and to consolidate her thinking about anthropology in relation to medicine, Hazel Weidman moved to academe in 1964. She first taught social anthropology at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA (1964-1965), then at the University of Alabama Medical Center (1965-1967). She was also an associate research fellow at the Social Science Research Institute of the University of Hawaii (1967-1968). In 1968, Weidman joined the faculty of the University of Miami where she held teaching positions at both the Department of Anthropology, and the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine until her retirement in 1990.
At the University of Miami, Weidman planned a community mental health program geared to the needs of the inner-city population of Miami. The goal of the program was to train the participants in attaining a transcultural perspective, thus becoming "culture brokers" in the delivery of health care to patients coming from multi-ethnic backgrounds. Similar programs led to the creation in 1981 of the Office of Transcultural Education and Research (O.T.E.R.), a resource center for people and organizations concerned about cultural beliefs and behaviors that might influence the management and outcome of health care to patients from a variety of cultural traditions.
Weidman has had a lasting impact on the centralization of medical anthropology as a sub-discipline in its own right, and her work in the field contributed significantly to the recognition of the importance of the anthropological perspective in medicine and medical care.
- "Profile of an anthropologist," Newsletter of the American Anthropological Association, vol. 20, no. 10 (Dec 1979).
- Bibliographical listings (Weidman Papers, folder 7.17) .
- Hazel Marie Hitson Weidman (1923--) Papers, 1955-1991, finding aid.
- Series I: Correspondence--This series is divided into two subseries: Correspondence 1957-1992, and Correspondence 2000-2010. The files arearranged chronologically for the general correspondence, and alphabetically by last name for the major correspondents.
- Series II: Notes--This series is divided into two subseries: Field Notes and Research Notes, which are arranged by subject. The field notes were created by Weidman when she traveled to Burma in 1958. The research notes were created by Weidman after finishing her dissertation work in Burma, and include the research she conducted for lectures she gave and various papers that she wrote.
- Series III: Publications by Weidman--This series contains published papers written by Hazel Weidman. It is arranged by subject.
- Series IV: Dissertation--This series contains a manuscript of Weidman's doctoral dissertation and two bound copies of a paper she wrote shortly after earning her PhD.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
These papers are a gift of Hazel Weidman, June 2010
- Ande, Diethard
- Badgley, John
- Cullen, Tim
- DuBois, Cora
- Funkenstein, Daniel
- Harvard University Press
- Hitson, Estell
- 1.8.1, 1.8.2
- Long, Carroll
- Mendelson, E. Michael
- 1.10, 1.17
- Montgomery, Wanda
- Myint, Wai Phyo
- Persimmon, Carolyn Herrick
- Post, Ron
- Thanegi, Ma
- 1.21 - 1.24
- Wheatley, Julian
- Weidman, Hazel H. (1923--) Papers, 1957-2010, inclusive: A Finding Aid
- Peabody Museum Archives
- EAD ID
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