A forum on the Zika virus

Zika is in the air.

The beginning of 2016 has seen the world thrust into another global infectious disease crisis, fanned by the politics and fear of uncertainty and media speculation. Reports of the Zika virus outbreak emerged in late 2015, and have proliferated in early 2016. Most distressing have been the headlines, and associated images, possibly linking the virus …


Persistent pathogen: A conference report of anthropological research on tuberculosis

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The 2013 World TB Day theme was “Stop TB in my lifetime,” calling attention to both the goal of virtually eliminating tuberculosis (TB) by 2050, as well as the Stop TB Partnership, established in 2000, through which global antituberculosis activities are coordinated. Despite this valiant slogan, tuberculosis control is at an important crossroads. In 2012, there were an estimated …


Alexander Edmonds’ Pretty Modern

Pretty Modern: Beauty, Sex, and Plastic Surgery in Brazil

by Alexander Edmonds

Duke University Press, 2010, 321pp
$24.95 paperback


In Pretty Modern: Beauty, Sex, and Plastic Surgery in Brazil, Alexander Edmonds situates plastic surgery within the medical, economic and psychological landscape of consumer capitalism in modern Brazil, unveiling a specific and intriguing socio-medical discourse of the “right to …


Alexander Edmonds on plastic surgery in Brazil

Brazilian magazine Plástica & Beauty

Anthropologist Alexander Edmonds, of the University of Amsterdam, recently wrote an excellent piece for the New York Times’ philosophy blog, The Stone, about his work on plastic surgery in Brazil.  Much of the article focuses on how cosmetic surgery in Brazil has been transformed from a luxury and sign of wealth (or at …


Cassandra White’s An Uncertain Cure: Living with Leprosy in Brazil

An Uncertain Cure: Living with Leprosy in Brazil
Cassandra White
Rutgers University Press, 2009
224 pp.
US $23.95 (Paperback)

Reviewed by Lauren Schleicher, Wayne State University

An Uncertain Cure: Living with Leprosy in Brazil by Cassandra White is a thoughtful and well-detailed exploration of the possible reasons for the existence and continued spread of leprosy in Rio de Janeiro, which …