Sidney M. Greenfield, “Spirits With Scalpels: The Cultural Biology of Religious Healing in Brazil,” 2nd ed., (Left Coast Press, 2008)
“The first time I witnessed a Spiritist surgery, a young man named Jose Carlos Ribeiro inserted a used scalpel taken from a tray that I was holding, and plunged it into the eye of an elderly man. The patient did… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Linda M Whiteford and Cecilia Vindrola-Padros, “Community Participatory Involvement: A Sustainable Model for Global Public Health” (Left Coast Press, 2015)
The book provides researchers, students, and practitioners in public health, anthropology, and related fields with a brief introduction to a health-care model, Community Participatory Involvement (CPI), which for 20 years has proved successful in fighting global health problems. CPI differs… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Loretta A. Cormier, “The Ten-Thousand Year Fever: Rethinking Human and Wild-Primate Malarias” (Left Coast Press, 2011)
Malaria is one of the oldest recorded diseases in human history, and its 10,000-year relationship to primates can teach us why it will be one of the most serious threats to humanity in the 21st century. In this pathbreaking book… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Nicola Bulled, “Prescribing HIV Prevention: Bringing Culture into Global Health Communication” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
Critical health communication scholars point out that the acceptance of HIV risk prevention methods are bound inside inequitable structures of power and knowledge. Nicola Bulled’s in-depth ethnographic account of how these messages are selected, transmitted and reacted to by young… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Peter J. Brown and Svea Closser, eds., “Understanding and Applying Medical Anthropology,” 3rd ed., (Left Coast Press, 2016)
The editors of the third edition of the seminal textbook Understanding and Applying Medical Anthropology bring it completely up to date for both instructors and students. The collection of 49 readings (17 of them new to this edition) offers extensive… Read More
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