Tag: epidemiology

Memorializing Death in an Age of Mass Mortality: Keywords of Covid-19 by Richard C. Keller

Richard C. Keller , February 28th, 2022


How do we remember death when it constitutes our landscape? In an age of ubiquitous mortality—not only pandemic deaths, but also deaths from meteorological disasters, deaths of migrants…


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Swarming Syphilis: On the Reality of Data

Eduardo Zanella , June 8th, 2021


(Editor’s Note: This blog post is part of the Thematic Series Data Swarms Revisited) Treponema pallidum spirochetes under microscope using a modified Steiner silver stain. Obtained from the…


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Fall 2020 Epidemics and Society Syllabus

Anthropology365 , November 19th, 2020


Epidemics and Society (LBST 2101) UNC Charlotte, Fall 2020 Online/Asynchronous This syllabus contains policies and expectations I have established for this course.  Please read the enti…


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Ludwik Fleck where are you now that we need you? Covid-19 and the genesis of epidemiological facts by Ilana Löwy

Ilana Löwy , October 16th, 2020


 Tests for Covid-19 and the politics of big numbers We are incessantly flooded with data on the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic. WHO and the Johns Hopkins coronavirus…


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Sanitary cordons in COVID-19: experience and the object of epidemiological interventions by Alejandro Cerón

Alejandro Cerón , August 4th, 2020


What is the object of epidemiological interventions during an epidemic? Is it the virus, the disease, the fear, the chaos, or the threat to security? And what is the objective…


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Engaging the Pandemic

Chelsea Horton , June 19th, 2020


How one medical anthropologist is boosting our capacity to understand and contend with COVID-19. In late February 2020, I traveled back to the United States from India and…


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Go Suppress Yourself | A Chronicle by Anthony Stavrianakis

Anthony Stavrianakis , May 20th, 2020


In December 2019, reports emerged of a pneumonia of unknown origin in the city of Wuhan, China. A week into 2020, a novel pathogen was identified–– “severe acute…


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Patient Zero and the Making of a Myth: History as an Archaeology of the Present by Ketil Slagstad

Ketil Slagstad , October 12th, 2018


Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic Richard A. McKay University of Chicago Press, 2017, 400 pages   “An innocent he was not. He eventually told…


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Andrew Lakoff’s Unprepared: Global Health in a Time of Emergency by Christos Lynteris

Christos Lynteris , April 24th, 2018


Unprepared: Global Health in a Time of Emergency Andrew Lakoff University of California Press, 2017. 240 pages.   Let us be frank: it is hard to think preparedness…


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Mortality Among High-School Educated Whites in the U.S.: An Anthropological View

Bill Dressler , August 29th, 2016


Fig. 1. All-cause mortality, ages 45–54 for US White non-Hispanics (USW), US Hispanics (USH), and six comparison countries: France (FRA), Germany (GER), the United Kingdom (UK), Canada (CAN),…


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Diagnosing Failure: The Post-Hoc Report as an Administrative Epilogue by Andrew Lakoff

Andrew Lakoff , June 1st, 2016


The World Health Organization recently released its long-awaited final report on the organization’s response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic. The report opens by explaining that, however tragic the…


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Book Forum — The Viral Network: A Pathography of the H1N1 Influenza Pandemic by Eugene Raikhel

Eugene Raikhel , September 21st, 2015


  In this Book Forum, our commentators respond to Theresa MacPhail’s provocative ethnography of influenza research and public health response, The Viral Network: A Pathography of the H1N1…


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Public Health on Drugs

Michael Agar , June 2nd, 2014


Michael Agar Rachelle Annechino invited me to write something about the concept of “public health” as I experienced it in my decades-long and checkered past in the drug…


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