BOOKS RECEIVED: Ian Williams, “The Bad Doctor: The Troubled Life and Times of Dr. Iwan James” (Penn State UP, 2015)
Meet Dr. Iwan James: cyclist, doctor, would-be lover, former heavy metal fan, and, above all, human being. Weighed down by his responsibilities—from diagnosing personality disorders to deciding who can hold a gun license—he doubts his ability to make decisions about… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Nathan Stormer, “Sign of Pathology: U.S. Medical Rhetoric on Abortion, 1800s-1960s” (Penn State UP, 2015)
Much of the political polarization that grips the United States is rooted in the so-called culture wars, and no topic defines this conflict better than the often contentious and sometimes violent debate over abortion rights. In Sign of Pathology,… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Merrill Singer, “Anthropology of Infectious Disease” (Left Coast Press, 2014)
This book synthesizes the flourishing field of anthropology of infectious disease in a critical, biocultural framework. Leading medical anthropologist Merrill Singer holistically unites the behaviors of microorganisms and the activities of complex social systems, showing how we exist with pathogenic… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Karen Martin, “When a Baby Dies of SIDS” (Left Coast Press, 1999)
The cause of the number-one killer of apparently healthy infants between the ages of one week and one Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)continues to defy science. This cruel mystery intensifies an already painful experience for bereaved parents, who frequently blame… Read More
BOOKS RECEIVED: Lenore Manderson, “Surface Tensions: Surgery, Bodily Boundaries, and the Social Self” (Left Coast Press, 2011)
Surface Tensions is an expansive, yet intimate study of how people remake themselves after catastrophic bodily change―the loss of limbs, the loss of function, the loss or replacement of organs. Against a sweeping cultural backdrop of art, popular culture, and… Read More
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