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Conference Report: Social Medicine from the South

(On behalf of the Wellcome Trust Global Social Medicine Network)

Introduction

Social Medicine from the South was a virtual two-day mini-conference consisting of two panels that took place on Friday 26 March and Monday 29 March 2021. The event was organised by the Global Social Medicine Network, a Wellcome Trust funded network of scholars from around the world …

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Plastic Pollution Goes Far Beyond Litter

Plastic litter at the outskirts of a village.

Plastics in the oceans. Beaches littered with plastics. Images of whales and cows with plastics in their bellies. Calls for citizens not to litter, to throw away trash responsibly, to join clean up drives, to recycle. In the public imagination, the problem of plastics has largely become one of litter.

Plastic litter …

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Africa, the Cutting Edge for Health Care: Lessons from The Continent for the U.S. during COVID-19

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While the United States is often celebrated as a global leader in health expertise, it currently leads the world in COVID-19 infections and deaths. African countries, often considered under-resourced and underprepared, have proven far more successful in responding to the global pandemic. The Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the Nuclear Threat Initiative created …

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A Shifting Hospital and Shifting Dependencies in Jammu and Kashmir

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Arun Bhaiya[1] –Ramesh, I am giving you these medicines.  Count them and tell me how many tablets do you have?

Arun Bhaiya throws the seven medicine strips towards Ramesh, standing nearly one-feet away, a printed cotton mask on his face, with hands wide open, sort of like a ball-catching position.  The medicine strips slip through his

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Disrupting medical anthropology: Views from Kenya and Cameroon on how to build a more inclusive discipline

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Medical anthropologists often strive to disrupt typical public health and medical discourses, in part by questioning the broader applicability of individualized psychological concepts and biomedical diagnoses outside of the small, privileged Western circles from which these constructs originate (Henrich et al. 2010). However, within our own discipline, access to theoretical innovations and conversations remain decidedly siloed and one-sided. Scholars have …

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Introduction: Working Definitions: Making and Unmaking “Medical Anthropology” around the World

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Anthropology’s interest in health, illness, prevention, and treatment is longstanding and increasingly robust. In this era of medical development, epidemics and pandemics, and debates in both the oft-called “Global North” and “Global South” over anthropology, colonialism, and associated prefixes (post-, neo-, de-), the constellation of theory and praxis known as medical anthropology has traveled fast and far. In this Somatosphere 

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