Books

Book review – Rachel Prentice’s Bodies in Formation

Bodies in Formation: An Ethnography of Anatomy and Surgery Education

By Rachel Prentice

Duke University Press, 2012

312 pp., US$24.95 paperback

 

The relationship between medicine and technology is long well established; indeed, the interconnectedness of the two worlds has shaped scientific knowledge and practice for centuries. Particularly in the realm of surgery, the inextricability of technology from medical practice …

Features

Structural Competency: Framing a New Conversation on Institutional Inequalities and Sickness

The conference on structural competency organized and hosted by Jonathan Metzl and Helena Hansen, and held at the NYU’s Department of Social and Cultural Analysis on March 23rd 2012, proved to be enormously successful.  The conference was an experiment on the part of Hansen and Metzl to generate a new conversation among doctors, clinicians, urban planners, social theorists …

Teaching Resources

Resources for teaching medical anthropology

With the school year approaching, many academic blogs have featured posts about teaching.  We’ve run a few of these over the past years, including a number of syllabi related to medical anthropology.  You can see them all by clicking on the “Teaching Resources” category in the sidebar, but I’ve also gathered the best of them here — …

Books

Claire Wendland’s A Heart for the Work

A Heart for the Work: Journeys through an African Medical School

By Claire Wendland

University of Chicago Press, 2010. 352 pp., US$27.50 (paperback).

 

In A Heart for the Work, Claire Wendland explores how biomedicine and its values are remade in an African context through an ethnographic study of the impact of medical training on students of Malawi’s College …

In the Journals

Special Journal Issue: Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry — Anthropologies of Clinical Training in the 21st Century

The June 2011 issue of Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry is a special issue entitled, “Anthropologies of Clinical Training in the 21st Century.” Seth M. Holmes, Angela C. Jenks, and Scott Stonington, in their opening words, introduce the central question with which the issue’s articles grapple:

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, medical anthropologists increasingly turned their attention to the examination

Teaching Resources

Bibliography on American medical education

Editor’s note: Drawing on feedback she received through the medical anthropology listserv, Betsey Brada (now a postdoc at Princeton University) put together this excellent reading list of the anthropological literature on American medical education. The bibliography includes works by medical anthropologists, social and cultural historians, as well as physician-writers like Atul Gawande and Jerome Groopman. A very useful resource for