Humans are social beings, shaped by their cultural contexts. Just as socio-cultural circumstances influence the foods we eat or the languages we speak, they also affect our health and treatment of disease. Every individual has a unique personality and experiences, situated within a distinct constellation of social and cultural groupings, as defined by factors such as race, socioeconomic status, gender, and nationality. This combination of factors gives each of us a unique identity that influences how we respond to our circumstances.