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Mosquito Trails: Ecology, Health, and the Politics of Entanglement (Book Review)

guestanthropologist , January 14th, 2022

By Jack Payne-Cook If I was asked by someone unfamiliar with anthropology to provide an example of the contemporary relevance of the discipline, I would consider offering Alex…

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The Mind of Plants: Book launch by Synergetic Press on December 15

Glenn H. Shepard , December 13th, 2021

  –Synergetic Press has just released The Mind of Plants: Narratives of Vegetal Intelligence, edited by John C. Ryan, Patricia Vieira and Monica Gagliano, and with a foreword by D…

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A letter for the 97%

Rebecca_Irons , December 13th, 2021

ISOBEL THORLEY Dear Elizabeth Truss, Nadine Dorris and Priti Patel, As the Minister for Women and Equalities, Minister of State Mental Health, and Home Secretary, I am writing…

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Waiting to Be Seen – How I Spent My Time in a Pain Treatment Center as a Patient

The Familiar Strange , December 5th, 2021

I am hospitalized while I am typing this, waiting to be seen for cervical vertebral disease, which is causing a daily numbing sensation in both hands. The wait…

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On the Edge of the Body

Renata , December 1st, 2021

By Renata Carvalho Anthropology’s many attempts of conceptualising the body into clear and useful analytical categories has raised significant ontological questions that problematise the very basi…

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A Letter to Matt Hancock

Rebecca_Irons , November 29th, 2021

URSULA WHITE February 2021 Dear Secretary of State, I am writing to express my concern on discovering that, as of February 2021, Operose Health has acquired AT Medics,…

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Letter to Jens Spahn

Rebecca_Irons , November 22nd, 2021

JASMIN SIMAO AJAYI Dear Mr. Spahn,   I am a German citizen from Munich, currently in my final year of studying Anthropology at the University College London (UCL). I…

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Enigmas of Corporeal Justice: Surrogacy and Legality in India

Ritu Ghosh , November 17th, 2021

Over the last two decades, India has become a popular global destination for what is commonly referred to as reproductive tourism, wherein clients travel from one part of…


Who Decides What We Measure in Health Tech?

Gabriella Kountourides , November 9th, 2021

At present, there are several problems in women’s health that still remain poorly characterized and understudied. In my research on one such issue, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), it is…


HIV Letter

Rebecca_Irons , November 8th, 2021

PIA KEELY-JOHNSON Dear Gavin Williamson,  I am a queer woman living in London who, like more than 18.9 million people1 who sat down to watch Russell Davies’ hit show&nbsp…

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Eating Disorders, Education, and TikTok

Rebecca_Irons , November 1st, 2021

EMILIE THOMPSON 28th February 2021  Dear Mrs Murdoch,  Please let me express my enormous gratitude for the work you and your team continue to conduct in the face o…

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An Epidemic of Loneliness

Rebecca_Irons , October 25th, 2021

PEPE WEISCHER Dear Mr Spahn, The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has strained the capacity of the German health system in unprecedented ways, but it seems to me that one…

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A Letter for Malcolm Reed

Rebecca_Irons , October 18th, 2021

TANYA SHARMA Dear Professor Malcolm Reed, (Lead Co-Chair of the Medical Schools Council), I am a medical student in the UK writing to you to discuss the teaching…

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A Letter to Tedros A. Ghebreyesus

Rebecca_Irons , October 11th, 2021

AY NASSIMOLDINA Dear Dr Tedros A. Ghebreyesus,   The world is in a vulnerable state right now, and we have trusted you with the World Health Organization to lead…

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A Letter to Andrew Selous

Rebecca_Irons , October 4th, 2021

SHOLA AJAO Dear Mr Andrew Selous,   It is unfortunate that I find myself writing to you again during these unprecedented times. As you may recall, I wrote July…

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Fighting Inequality by Improving NHS Dental and Oral Care

Rebecca_Irons , September 27th, 2021

MAXINE PEPPER 22nd March 2021  Dear Sir Stevens,  RE: Fighting inequality by improving NHS dental and oral care  The COVID-19 pandemic …

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Advocacy Letters: Anthropological Calls for Public and Global Health Change

Rebecca_Irons , September 20th, 2021

Series Introduction CARRIE RYAN For the next few weeks, the UCL Medical Anthropology blog will run a special series called ‘Advocacy Letters: Anthropological Ca…

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A Tale of Two [Unvaxed] Women

Alma Gottlieb , August 21st, 2021

We needed to find a new plumber. I called around. The first business that seemed willing to clean our boiler and replace a problematic hose spigot had availability…

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Understanding My Mom’s Unorthodox Healing Practices

The Familiar Strange , August 1st, 2021

Sheets of newspaper cover a portion of the floor of our house in Manila, and on top of those thin pieces of paper sits a white candle, a…

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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…


Unlikely Blessings: A poem on hope, despair and periwinkle

Glenn H. Shepard , April 27th, 2021

 This poem, written fifteen years ago as my youngest son began (thankfully successful) chemotherapy for a rare immune system disease, was recently published for the first time by S…

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Boob Boxes: Post-Mastectomy Prosthetics and the Artifice of Breast Cancer

The Familiar Strange , March 14th, 2021

I chose to go flat. But I almost wasn’t allowed to. This is largely due to the unacknowledged psychological tension that underlies deeply gendered illnesses: that it is…

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The Racial Thinking behind ALS Diagnosis

Chelsea Horton , March 1st, 2021

Beliefs about which bodies can and cannot develop certain diseases risk rebiologizing race in genomic research and care. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease that typical…

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Medical anthropology applied to education in socio-health professions: From the enchantment of technology to the enchantment of the encounter by Viviana L. Toro Matuk

Viviana L. Toro Matuk , January 27th, 2021

“If you want to understand what a science is, you should look for the first instance not at its theories and its findings, and certainly not at what…