Few people realize how long and complex breast cancer treatment is. The Komen Foundation and Avon rarely highlight post-surgery debacles in their fundraising literature, and the visceral reality of scars is seldom discussed unless being celebrated. As the model Matuschka showed in her 1993 photograph and more recently anthropologist Lochlain Jain in her bio-ethnography Malignant, … Continue reading Bringing art to breast cancer care: 3D nipple tattooing
Medical Anthropology in the 21st Century with Lenore Manderson The AAA’s Webinar Wednesday is back for the Fall Semester. Medical anthropology has expanded in its fields of study and the number of people who identify as medical anthropologists. Yet it is hard to describe what we do: studying people’s experience of sickness and heath, care … Continue reading AAA Webinar Wednesday Returns with Lenore Manderson September 2nd at 2 PM Eastern
The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is pleased to announce that its Committee on Public Policy has selected medical anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes as the first recipient of the new Anthropology in Public Policy Award. Dr. Scheper- Hughes is a nationally-recognized expert on several important health issues, including hunger, illness and organ trafficking. The Anthropology in Public … Continue reading Dr. Nancy Scheper-Hughes Named First AAA Public Policy Award Winner
Written by Elisa (EJ) Sobo Every semester, I teach a college course exploring the interrelationships between human culture and biology. Feedback loops connecting culturally-patterned behavior and body chemistry, such as in the stress response, provide a handy example of our bioculturality. So, among other topics, I have a well-developed unit in my course (and related … Continue reading Touch in the Classroom: Should Schools Teach Students to Give Each Other Massages?
For faculty teaching medical anthropology courses this fall, the following materials may be helpful. I collected these lists with the assistance of Andrea Sankar, co-editor of Medical Anthropology Quarterly, and Janet Dixon Keller, editor of Ethos, in order to save teachers time as they refresh their thinking about these oft-taught topics. Where possible, I linked to the … Continue reading Teaching Medical Anthropology
AAA member, Dana Walrath is a medical anthropologist that tilts perspective on how to heal. UVM News reporter, Lee Ann Cox describes Walrath’s work: As a professor and anthropologist in UVM’s College of Medicine, as well as an artist and writer, Walrath advances ideas about what world cultures can teach doctors and other caregivers about nurturing … Continue reading “Aliceheimer’s” – one family’s journey through Alzheimer’s
Pamela Runestad, a PhD candidate in medical anthropology at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, continues her account from Japan. Here is an excerpt: …[O]ne of my interviewees in Osaka told me on Friday: “Ms. Pamela, I really want to talk to you. But please understand that I’m not quite myself today. I’m from Sendai…” Despite his initial note … Continue reading Inside Looking Out, Part Three