In her superb exposition of staring, Garland-Thomson (2009) draws attention to Chris Rush’s artistic piece Swim 2 which depicts a woman with Down’s syndrome in a regal pose (figure 1).
Figure 1: ‘Swim 2’ by Chris Rush. All rights reserved.
The portrait invites us to stare, engrossed perhaps less with the “strangeness” of this woman’s disability and more
Seizing the Means of Reproduction
Entanglements of Feminism, Health and Technoscience
by Michelle Murphy
Duke University Press, 2012. 259 pages
In the 1970s throughout the United States and Canada, health emerged as a feminist category around which a set of projects and goals crystallized and then diffused. Michelle Murphy’s book Seizing the Means of Reproduction begins in California with …
God’s Laboratory: Assisted Reproduction in the Andes
by Elizabeth F. S. Roberts
University of California Press, 2012, 273 pp.
In God’s Laboratory: Assisted Reproduction in the Andes, Elizabeth Roberts examines how science and spirituality are connected in the practice of in vitro fertilization (IVF) in Ecuador. This alone is a significant contribution to the anthropology of assisted reproduction, …
The petri dish was made for separation. It was developed for culturing microorganisms while separating them from airborne contaminates. As part of its ability to make separations between the contaminated world outside and the uncontaminated world inside, the dish also assisted in separating individuals from disease. These days, it’s getting harder for petri dishes to maintain these separations.
Julius Richard …
This week Sherine Hamdy, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Brown University, takes “Top of the heap” readers into the field of “graphic medicine.”
I’ve only recently come to learn about the growing field of “graphic medicine” – graphic novels and comics that explore medicine from a personal perspective. There are a few annual conferences, and a website …