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

Features

Shao-hua Liu’s Passage to Manhood: Youth Migration, Heroin and AIDS in Southwest China

This article is part of the series:

Passage to Manhood: Youth Migration, Heroin and AIDS in Southwest China
Shao-hua Li

Stanford University Press, 2010. 248 pp., US$ 22.95 (paperback).

Reviewed by Nicholas Bartlett, University of California-San Francisco

Shao-hua Liu’s Passage to Manhood: Youth Migration, Heroin and AIDS in Southwest China chronicles the tragic consequences of the efforts of Nuosu youth to improve their lives during the …

Features

Thinking through Other Worlds: An Interview with Mei Zhan

Following up on my review of her recent ethnography Other Worldly: Making Chinese Medicine through Transnational Frames, I was able to pose a series of questions to Mei Zhan about the book and about future projects. Mei Zhan is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.

Matthew Wolf-Meyer: The cornerstone of your argument in …

Books

Mei Zhan’s Other-Worldly: Making Chinese Medicine through Transnational Frames

Duke University Press, 2009. 240 pgs, $22.95 (softcover)

I’m no scholar of traditional Chinese medicine, but every year in my Medical Anthropology undergraduate class I include an ethnography of Chinese medicine in an effort to debunk the idea that there’s anything “traditional” about traditional Chinese medicine. Over the years, I’ve …