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From the dragon’s perspective: an initial report on China’s response to the unfolding Ebola epidemic

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Mariatu

On a steamy mid-August afternoon, Mariatu Kargbo, a Sierra Leonian expat residing in Beijing, stood at the front of a packed hotel ballroom. As reported by Xinhua News (新华网), Kargbo addressed the crowd, saying:

I know everyone has come because they would like to support us, but I really didn’t know that today so many people would come, thank you

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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 …

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Putting Science in its Place

In some corners of anthropology, it has been said that science studies lacks a robust sense of place. But many capable ethnographers have brought labs, hospital suites, and production facilities to life, giving readers a granular sense for what distinguishes these sites from other milieux. What, precisely, might be missing? Consider the word “place.” As science studies scholars have repeatedly …

Books

Book review: Health Transitions and the Double Disease Burden in Asia and the Pacific

Health Transitions and the Double Disease Burden in Asia and the Pacific: Histories of Responses to Non-Communicable and Communicable Diseases

Edited by Milton J. Lewis and Kerrie L. MacPherson

Routledge Publishing, 2012

322 pp., US $155.00 (hardback)

 

The phrase “double disease burden” is one that has been increasingly used in modern public health discussions.  The concept applies to “developing …

Books

Book review – Sienna Craig’s Healing Elements: Efficacy and the Social Ecologies of Tibetan Medicine

Healing Elements: Efficacy and the Social Ecologies of Tibetan Medicine

by Sienna R. Craig

University of California Press, 2012

344 pp., US$34.95 paperback

 

It is a truism that the world we live in today is increasingly interconnected. Yet, when it comes to medicine – and particularly “traditional” or alternative medicine – the tendency is often to delimit its study along …

In the Journals

Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry special section on “The Anthropology of Pharmaceuticals”

The latest Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry includes a special section on “The Anthropology of Pharmaceuticals: Cultural and Pharmacological Efficacies in Context,” edited by Allison Schlosser and Kristi Ninnemann.  The editors set out the stakes of the section in their Introduction:

“How is psychopharmaceutical efficacy defined, and by whom? How do individuals experience these drugs and interpret their effects in