Microbes and Anthropology

Microbes are everywhere; viruses, bacteria, and fungi are among the most abundant and diverse forms of life on earth. Anyone who has ever contemplated purchasing—or experienced bewilderment at the existence of antibacterial ballpoint pens, bedding, athletic clothing, soaps or similar products can attest to the prominence of bacteria in everyday cultural consciousness in the U.S. I for one am building …


Best of 2008 anthro blogging at Neuroanthropology

If you haven’t yet seen it, at Neuroanthropology Daniel Lende is hosting the “Best of Anthropology Blogging 2008.” He’s put out a call out for anthro bloggers to submit their most popular and self-selected best posts.

And in a variety of languages:

Le meilleur Anthropo-blogoscape pour 2008: Invitation de Candidature!

Anunciando La Primera Edición de “Lo Mejor

Web Roundups

Reproductive Health Technologies in Egypt at SM

Over at Savage Minds Lisa Wynn has posted the first of several guest posts on a new project on reproductive health technologies in Egypt that she is starting with her collaborator, physician Hosam Moustafa.

Lisa Wynn is a cultural and medical anthropologist who is currently at Macquarie University in Sydney. (Before that she was a postdoc at Princeton, where she …


Lexington’s Narcotic Farm, Redux

There is a story about Lexington’s Narcotic Farm on Tonic, the arts and music magazine of WUKY. Tonic’s Kopana interviews filmmaker and author JP Olsen about his experiences working on the documentary “The Narcotic Farm.”

Olsen discusses some interesting issues about the intersections between incarceration, addiction and addiction treatments, medicalization, and criminalization.

This story is a nice complement to …


Images from the history of disulfiram treatment

There have been a number of messages circulated recently about the posting of the Life magazine photograph archive on Google. For instance, there is a good selection of images culled from the archive related to the history of psychology here.

I came across another interesting historical artifact in this archive – images from a 1949 article on the use