1. Dr Merrill Singer and
  2. Pamela I. Erickson

Published Online: 14 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/

A Companion to Medical Anthropology

A Companion to Medical Anthropology

How to Cite

Singer, M. and Erickson, P. I. (eds) (2011) Introduction, in A Companion to Medical Anthropology, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/

Editor Information

  1. Department of Anthropology, University of Connecticut, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JUL 2011
  2. Published Print: 8 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190022

Online ISBN: 9781444395303



  • medical anthropology, “baby boomer” of sorts - working with international health community (WHO, USAID, UNICEF), biomedicine to the world;
  • health and well being of Third World peoples - aftermath of WW II;
  • heightened anxiety - surrounding the 2003 SARS and 2009 “swine flu”;
  • whole new set of health problems - chronic diseases, and globalization;
  • political economic systems, unconstrained capitalism - global free market policies and scientific positivism;
  • Farmer, (2003:1), and structural violence - “a host of offenses against human dignity”;
  • health, foundation of civil society - impact on political stability;
  • medical anthropology, professionalized - subfield within discipline in the 1960s;
  • Companion to Medical Anthropology - not to serve as a full history of subdiscipline;
  • commitment to ensure that medical anthropology - world of enormous health challenges