Becoming a moral doctor

Medical Ethics Education: An Interdisciplinary and Social Theoretical Perspective

by Nathan Emmerich

Springer, 2013. 111 pp.


“The most common criticism made at present by older practitioners is that young graduates have been taught a great deal about the mechanism of disease, but very little about the practice of medicine—or, to put it more bluntly, they are too “scientific” and

In the Journals

In the Journals, November 2013 (Part I)

There were quite a number of articles related to anthropology, science, and medicine in this month’s round up of journals including those from American Ethnologist, Health, Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine, Social Theory and Health, and Social Science and Medicine. Happy reading!


American Ethnologist

Senses of care: Embodying inequality and sustaining personhood in the home care of older


Book review: Clara Han’s Life in Debt

Life in Debt: Times of Care and Violence in Neoliberal Chile

by Clara Han

University of California Press, 2012

298 pp, US$26.95 paperback


Life in Debt is not an easy read. This ethnography of care and violence—intimate, political and governmental— in La Pincoya, a poor neighborhood of neoliberal Santiago, effectively draws the reader into the everyday rhythms of its …

FeaturesIn the Journals

Health and medicine 20 years after the Soviet Union

This article is part of the series:

Nearly two decades have now passed since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Over the next several months we will be running a series of articles which consider a specific issues related to health and medicine in the former Soviet Union.  The articles comprising “20 Years After the Soviet Union” will highlight research by anthropologists and other social …


Angela Garcia’s The Pastoral Clinic

The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession along the Rio Grande

by Angela Garcia

University of California Press, 2010. 264 pp., US$24.95 (paperback).


Angela Garcia’s magisterial, unsettling account of heroin addiction among a Hispanic community in Espanola Valley opens with a description of Nuevo Dias, a rural detoxification facility for drug users.  Accepting the executive director’s challenge to “work” …


Therapeutic Enclaves in Central Mozambique? Lives Saved, Livelihoods Lost

This article is part of the series:
Tallying the numbers tested, the numbers saved, and the numbers cared for.
Tallying the numbers tested, the numbers saved, and the numbers cared for.

This post was contributed by Ippolytos Kalofonos (University of Washington)


The global effort to expand the provision of antiretroviral treatment in low and middle-income countries initiated in the early part of this decade represents the largest collective medical intervention in history. It has been funded by many …