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Sherine Hamdy’s Our Bodies Belong to God

Our Bodies Belong to God:
Organ Transplants, Islam, and the Struggle for Human Dignity in Egypt

By Sherine Hamdy

University of California Press, 2012
Paperback, 370 pages
US $29.95

In Our Bodies Belong to God, Sherine Hamdy tackles the complex issues surrounding the debate on organ transplantation in Egypt; demonstrating the play of legislative, religious, biomedical and cultural frameworks …

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A Conversation with Paul Brodwin

Paul Brodwin is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Adjunct Professor of Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is the author of Medicine and Morality in Haiti: The Contest for Healing Power (Cambridge U Press, 1996), editor of Biotechnology and Culture: Bodies, Anxieties, Ethics (Indiana U Press, 2000) and coeditor of Pain

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A psychiatric research scandal and an accidental activist

An earlier version of this article appeared on Pharmalot.

The University of Minnesota has turned me into an activist against it. Let me confess right away that this is not a role for which I am naturally suited.  I have never staged a protest or addressed a rally.  Nor have I ever marched with a sign.  On the occasions when …

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Top of the heap: Janelle Taylor and Hannah Landecker

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This is the first post in a new series we’re calling “Top of the heap”. Following the lead of Cultural Anthropology (see their “Playlists” feature) and others, we’ve asked scholars whose work we enjoy reading to tell us a little about what they’re reading or planning to read.  In this first installment, Janelle Taylor and Hannah Landecker

In the Journals

In the Journals, October 2012 – Part 2

This is the second part to what Lara Braff posted last Thursday (linked here). So without further ado…

Biosocieties has a range of articles this month, revolving around issues of citizenship, biologized or no; medical imaging and technological futures; and discursive positionality in both mass messaging and intimate interactions. In addition, there are a range of reviews of …

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Meducating Our Children: The Moral Influence of Adderall on Education, Parenting, and Treatment

Allan Schwarz’s recent New York Times article “Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School” presented some controversial testimonials on the prescription of attention deficit and hyperactivity (ADHD) medications to low-income children. As science writer Emily Willingham points out, this article is part of a two decade long debate over the merits of medicating our nation’s children …