Tag Archives: Health

On the case of disappearing penises

A couple of weekends ago we hosted a friend who had just returned from Nigeria. She mentioned that penises were currently being ‘disappeared’ in the country. We smiled, we laughed, and I told the story of how I first learnt about disappearing penises. Like a good, self-respecting, PhD-holding anthropologist, I concluded by insisting that I… Read More »

Reflections on the non-existent health system

Seye Abimbola, a research fellow at the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Abuja, Nigeria, uses the case of a country without a proper health system (Nigeria) to reflect on how one might build a health system for the 21st century: The world is at a watershed, on the brink of monumental change in what… Read More »

The Emperor of All Maladies

I just started reading Sidhartha Mukherjee’s biography of cancer, The Emperor of All Maladies. I am still in the first part but I can already see that it is a very well-written and nicely-paced book. This is how a New York Times review describes it: “The Emperor of All Maladies” is a history of eureka… Read More »

On political leadership and anthropology: AIDS in South Africa

Keith Hart writes: The contrast between Zuma and Mbeki could hardly be greater, a tribal chieftain in the mould of Bolingbroke or Henry Tudor against Mbeki’s Othello, a man happy to be photographed dancing in Zulu warrior gear versus the austere western intellectual with his stiff suits and goatee beard. The number of Zuma’s wives,… Read More »

Radiolab podcast and hookworm

The list of podcasts I download just increased by one. Last week’s edition of This American Life, really great podcast, had a story about how hookworms helped someone overcome allergies (Chris Blattman blogged it here). Since the story is taken from a Radiolab episode, I decided to try Radiolab out. Just finished listening to the current… Read More »

Rethinking Global Health Priorities: HIV/AIDS, Poverty and Basic Health Services

by SEYE ABIMBOLA* Lately, I have inundated myself with a series of incredibly enlightening dispatches from TED Talks. Listening to them, especially those related to international health and development has been a wonderful respite from my undesirably excessive clinical workload. The one by University of Chicago economist, Emily Oster, who shared her work and ideas… Read More »