Folklore’s Application to Modern Medicine


Ashley Peake (Arizona State University)

Since biomedicine is a field that works with humans, it is evident that there are factors beyond biology that impact a patient’s experience. Folklore offers a path for understanding some of these factors, in a way that biology alone cannot. By investigating how folklore has and continues to impact the course of both Hansen’s Disease (leprosy) and Major Depressive Disorder (depression), this paper maps out the importance of interdisciplinary studies in biomedicine. This multidisciplinary approach highlights how periphery urban legends can play an essential role in the practice of modern biomedicine, especially in relation to addressing the current pandemic, COVID-19.

Part of 27-01 Applying Folklore: Sustainability, Health, and Community, Tuesday, October 19, 7:00 pm–8:30 pm