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On The Social Life of TBI

A Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a common injury that occurs when a physical blow or force to the head damages the …


Neanderthals: Body of Evidence

As every fan of crime drama television knows, the human body holds a wealth of information about its once-living owner. Flesh and …


Does Tattooing Boost Health?

A Samoan schoolteacher receives a full pe’a, the traditional tattoo generally worn by males. Christopher D. Lynn This article was originally published …


How Rituals of Pain Help Heal

During the kavadi attam ritual in Mauritius, devotees are voluntarily pierced, in some cases hundreds of times. Dimitris Xygalatas Inside a stuffy, …


India’s Third Gender Rises Again

Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, high priestess of a convent of hijras, takes selfies with admirers at India’s 2019 Kumbh Mela religious festival. Ina …