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

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…

How to Make Sense of “Traditional (Chinese) Medicine” In a Time of Covid-19: Cold War Origin Stories and the WHO’s Role in Making Space for Polyglot Therapeutics by Helen Tilley

Note: I wrote this for anyone trying to “teach the virus,” something I will soon be doing myself. The question in the title is meant to signal that…

COVID-19 Forum III – Introduction by Christos Lynteris

Thirty-eight days have passed since the publication of Somatosphere’s COVID-19 Forum II. In the course of these days the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the globe…

Why is there Need for Long-Term Investment in the Uganda Virus Research Institute, The Home of Zika? by Julia Ross Cummiskey

For Luganda click here. In early 2016, people across the United States became aware of a new threat—Zika virus. A New York Times article that April featured a…

Feeble-mindedness, depression and obesity: a brief history of eugenics and dietary interventions in Australia by Christopher Mayes

In October 2019 the Australian Productivity Commission (APC) released a report stating that mental health cost employers $4.7 billion AUD in absenteeism. The report also highlighted significant gover…

Provincializing Metabolism (On the Poverty of Modernism) by Maurizio Meloni

According to accepted wisdom and textbooks, “metabolism” is a nineteenth-century term and concept, established at the confluence of organic chemistry, cell biology, and physiology. In Microscopical R…

From women to women: building the state response to the Zika epidemic in Brazil by Isabele Villwock Bachtold

For English, click here. De mulher para mulher: construindo a resposta do estado à epidemia de Zika no Brasil ‘Minha vida era uma antes e outra depois da…

Histórias of Zika by Luísa Reis-Castro

For English click here. Era o ano de 1947. Em uma floresta chamada Zika, em Uganda, liderados pelo médico-entomologista escocês Alexander J. Haddow, pesquisadores colocaram macacos-rhesus em p…

Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga’s The Mobile Workshop: The Tsetse Fly and African Knowledge Production by Rosie Sims

The Mobile Workshop: The Tsetse Fly and African Knowledge Production. Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga   MIT Press, 2018. 412 pages. Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga’s latest book, The…

Rohan Deb Roy’s Malarial Subjects: Empire, Medicine and Nonhumans in British India, 1820–1909 by Townsend Middleton

Malarial Subjects: Empire, Medicine and Nonhumans in British India, 1820–1909. (Open Access). Rohan Deb Roy Cambridge University Press, 2017. 332 pages. Malaria has long garnered no sho…

homunculus Revolts: Re-Figuring the Neurological Subject by Zoë Wool

Figuring a Grotesque Norm 1954 Homunculus: Penfield Archives, Osler Library of the History of Medicine This hand drawn illustration rendered in black ink shows two mirror image outlines…

The Human Body on the Verge of Collapse by Ketil Slagstad

The Human Body in the Age of Catastrophe: Brittleness, Integration, Science, and the Great War Stefanos Geroulanos and Todd Meyers University of Chicago Press, 2018. 416 pages. 1….

Changing Time by Janet Weston

History and dementia are both concerned with time. Writing history is all about folding time, making sense of things that have become confused and confusing with the passage…

Immunity and (Anti-)Vaccination: Histories, Metaphors, Theories – A Syllabus by Travis Chi Wing Lau

The natural body meets the body politic in the act of vaccination, where a single needle penetrates both. – Eula Biss, On Immunity  In recent years, outbreaks of highly…

Projit Bihari Mukharji’s Doctoring Traditions: Ayurveda, Small Technologies, and Braided Sciences by Marshall Kramer

Doctoring Traditions: Ayurveda, Small Technologies, and Braided Sciences Projit Bihari Mukharji University of Chicago Press, 2016. 376 pages.   In a sequel to his 2009 Nationalizing the Body,…

Working for the Race: Black Scholars, Invisible Labor, and the Baggage of Creating Space by Ayah Nuriddin

Photograph taken by Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, February 25, 2017 “Critical Histories, Activist Futures: Science, Medicine and Racial Violence,” a conference hosted by Yale University in February 20…

Critical Histories, Activist Futures: Science, Medicine and Racial Violence by Sarah Pickman

A Reframed (and Reflexive) Conference Report Organized and Edited by Tess Lanzarotta and Sarah M. Pickman   After a conference ends – after the last paper coffee cup…

Book review: Traces of the Future: An Archaeology of Medical Science in Africa by Damien Droney

Traces of the Future: An Archaeology of Medical Science in Africa Paul Wenzel Geissler, Guillaume Lachenal, John Manton, and Noémi Tousignant, editors Intellect Ltd./University of Chicago Press, 2016,…

David S. Jones’s “Broken Hearts: The Tangled History of Cardiac Care” by Jennifer Fraser

Broken Hearts: The Tangled History of Cardiac Care by David S. Jones The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013, 336 pages.   My first encounter with David S. Jones’ Broken…

Top of the Heap: Adia Benton by Hannah Gibson

For this installment of Top of the Heap, I was delighted to work with Assistant Professor Adia Benton from Northwestern University. I think it’s probably common for people to talk…

Joanna Kempner’s Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health by Christine Labuski

Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health Joanna Kempner University of Chicago Press, 2014, 232 pages In her thoroughly engaging new book, Not Tonight: Migraine…

Conference Report: Ludwik Fleck’s theory of thought styles and thought collectives – translations and receptions by Sandra Lang

Ludwik Fleck’s theory of thought styles and thought collectives – translations and receptions March 10th – 11th 2016 Wrocław, Poland Organizing committee: Paweł Jarnicki (Project Science …

Robert Michael Brain’s “The Pulse of Modernism: Physiological Aesthetics in Fin-de-Siècle Europe” by Ashley Bowen-Murphy

The Pulse of Modernism: Physiological Aesthetics in Fin-de-Siècle Europe by Robert M. Brain University of Washington Press, 2016, 384 pages   Given the growing divide between STEM and the arts…

Top of the Heap: Elizabeth Lewis by Hannah Gibson

For this installment of the Top of the Heap series, I spoke with Elizabeth Lewis, who is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Texas at…