Announcements

Conference: Comics & Medicine, From Private Lives to Public Health, June 26-28, 2014

Comics & Medicine: From Private Lives to Public Health

June 26th to 28th, 2014

The Johns Hopkins Medical Campus, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Keynote Speakers: Ellen Forney, Arthur W. Frank, James Sturm & Carol Tilley

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Department of Art as Applied to Medicine in collaboration with Graphic Medicine invites papers for the fifth Comics & …

Books

Stefan Ecks’ Eating Drugs

Eating Drugs: Psychopharmaceutical Pluralism in India

by Stefan Ecks

New York University Press, 2013. 233 pp.

 

In Stefan Ecks’ poignant ethnography, he illuminates the relationship between digestive health and mental health in Calcutta, paying particular attention to the contributions this relationship has made to a pharmaceuticalized India. He traces three medical systems––Ayurvedic, homeopathic and allopathic––as they each locate the …

Web Roundups

Web Roundup: The Gut Microbiome and our Bacterial Selves

Attempts at understanding the true nature our innermost selves has long been a human preoccupation. Are our inner worlds populated with repressed memories and persistent neuroses? Or perhaps our genes direct and define us even as they hide in the interior spaces of our interior spaces? Well, now there is a new contender in the hidden constitution of human selfhood: …

FeaturesTeaching Resources

A reader’s guide to the “ontological turn” – Part 4

This article is part of the series:

Editor’s note: In the wake of all the discussion about the ‘ontological turn’ at this year’s American Anthropological Association conference, we asked four scholars, “which texts or resources would you recommend to a student or colleague interested in the uses of ‘ontology’ as an analytical category in recent work in anthropology and science and technology studies?”  This was the answer

Features

Cut

I barely slept the night before my first day of fieldwork in the OR. As a kid I had accompanied my brother to the emergency room and watched a surgeon remove shards of glass from his lower legs. The removal wasn’t bad. But when the suturing began, I got dry mouthed and over-warm and nearly fell out of my plastic …

Features

The broad clinical gaze in paediatric deep brain stimulation

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) involves using a pacemaker-like device to deliver constant, carefully targeted electrical stimulation to areas within the brain. It was first approved in the late 1990s as a therapy for managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The initial success of DBS led clinicians and device manufacturers to explore other possible applications, and in 2003 it was approved …