A lot of people have never heard of medical anthropology, which is a shame, because it’s incredibly interesting. Broadly, the field looks at how society and culture shapes our understandings and experiences of health and illness – and vice versa.
Want to know why organ donation is more popular in some places than others? Or how genetic ancestry testing is shaping our sense of ethnic identity? Or what kind of things patients are doing to shape research, develop therapies, and get their hands on new treatments? Yep, that’s all medical anthropology.
My goal is to share this fascinating field with a wider audience. It’s a relatively niche sub-discipline, but one that can make us question everything we thought we knew about what’s good for us, who we are, and the biological/social divide.