The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
by Naoki Higashida
Translated by K.A. Yoshida and David Mitchell; Introduction by David Mitchell
Random House, 2013. 176 pages.
Naoki Higashida wants you to understand why he loves asking the same questions over and over: “Repeating these is great fun. It’s like a game of catch …
El Pa[de]ciente: La medicina cuestionada. Un testimonio.
[The Suffering Patient: Medicine questioned. A testimony.]
by Miguel Kottow
Ocho libros. 2013, Reprinted 2014. 171 pages.
Note: The original version of this review was written in Spanish by Sebastián Medina Gay and published in the Chilean Journal of Public Health (Rev. Chilena de Salud Pública 2014; 18(2):227-229). It has been translated …
The Enculturated Gene:
Sickle Cell Health Politics and Biological Difference in West Africa
by Duana Fullwiley
Princeton University Press, 2011. 368 pp.
What is the role of cultural analysis in confronting genetic phenomena? Over the past few decades, cultural anthropologists have striven to contest or hold at bay genetic explanations for race, gender, and sexuality. Their analytical approach was …
For this installment of the Top of the heap we spoke to Warwick Anderson, Professor at the Department of History and Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney, and an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow.
Having written provocatively—and somewhat irritatingly, it seems—on the impossible history of global health already …
New Organs Within Us: Transplants and the Moral Economy
by Aslihan Sanal
Duke University Press, 2011. 244 pp.
Sensitively written and deeply insightful, Aslihan Sanal’s ethnography of kidney transplantation in Turkey in the 1990s and 2000s is an intimate stitching of life histories, national and institutional narratives, and shifting meanings of life, death, and the body. Sanal takes the …
Welcome to our inaugural “Book Forum.” Our aim is simple: to promote lively exchange between a group of scholars and an author, allowing for experimental and inventive engagements that are not so much about evaluation but rather draw on concepts and shared commitments. It’s probably worth noting that Somatosphere will continue to feature book reviews, which have been a mainstay …