Global Quests for Care

Authored by: Elizabeth Cartwright , Lenore Manderson , Anita Hardon

The Routledge Handbook of Medical Anthropology

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138015630
eBook ISBN: 9781315794198
Adobe ISBN: 9781317743781


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Diane, who with her husband, is currently homeless in St. Johns, Oregon, exits one of the mobile shower units provided by St. Johns Showers for the Homeless. The mobile shower trailer is equipped with two showers; it comes to the town once a week. “It’s a blessing to have a place to get clean,” said Diane, “and it’s the only one in our area.” Jim, back left, and Shannon, back right, volunteer their time driving the mobile shower unit to various locations around Portland, Oregon. They scrub each shower stall after each person uses it, so it is clean and ready for the next person.

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