Teaching Resources

Medical Governance, Culture, and Subjectivities: a Syllabus

This is the most recent version of a graduate course in medical anthropology theory that I teach. The main caveat is that this is the second in a set of three theory courses students are required to take, so it presumes the students have already taken the first course, which covers an extensive range of contemporary medical anthropology. My hope …

FeaturesIn the Journals

Ian Whitmarsh on the ambiguities of asthma

The latest issue of The Lancet features a large section on asthma which includes a wonderful short essay by medical anthropologist Ian Whitmarsh, titled “Asthma and the value of contradictions.”  Whitmarsh, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine at UCSF, recently published a monograph based on his fieldwork following …

In the Journals

Towards an era of bureaucratically controlled medical compliance?

The latest issue of Anthropology and Medicine is a superb special issue titled “Towards an era of bureaucratically controlled medical compliance?” and guest edited by Somatosphere contributors Kalman Applbaum and Michael Oldani.

Applbaum and Oldani emphasize in their introduction that while patient compliance and non-compliance has long been studied in epidemiology and health services research, it has increasingly …