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Alice Street’s “Biomedicine in an Unstable Place: Infrastructure and Personhood in a Papua New Guinean Hospital”

alice street biomedicine coverBiomedicine in an Unstable Place: Infrastructure and Personhood in a Papua New Guinean Hospital

by Alice Street

Duke University Press, 2014, 204 pages

Social anthropologist Alice Street’s first book is a sensitive ethnography of personhood and recognition in Madang Hospital, an under-resourced provincial hospital in Papua New Guinea. The book shows how doctors, nurses, and patients endeavor to make …

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Is It Okay to Say that Research ‘Verges on Scientific Racism’?

Last fall, a group of researchers – mostly biological anthropologists and sleep researchers – published a study of three ‘pre-industrial’ communities, one in Latin America, two in Africa, and claimed that based on their data, consolidated nightly sleep is a human norm, inferring that it is the product of natural selection. The media picked up the research findings, and I …

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Zabala’s Chagas Disease in Argentina

This article is part of the series:

La enfermedad de Chagas en Argentina. Investigación científica, problemas sociales y políticas sanitarias

[Chagas disease in Argentina. Scientific research, social problems and health policies]

By Juan Pablo Zabala

Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina. 2010. 360 pages.

 

“Mal de Chagas” is a disease that affects 2.5 million people in Argentina and 8 million in Latin America. Caused by the parasite …

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A psychiatric research scandal and an accidental activist

An earlier version of this article appeared on Pharmalot.

The University of Minnesota has turned me into an activist against it. Let me confess right away that this is not a role for which I am naturally suited.  I have never staged a protest or addressed a rally.  Nor have I ever marched with a sign.  On the occasions when …

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Web Roundup: Technology and storytelling

Inspired by last month’s post, I decided to format this post loosely around the theme of storytelling. Storytelling is fundamental to many of our lives, both academic and otherwise, and numerous new formats for telling, collecting, and archiving stories are cropping up. This post focuses on the ways in which technology is shaping and changing the kinds of stories we …