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ANTH 4580: Medical Anthropology

Medical anthropology is a sub-field of anthropology which uses the four-field approach to examine cultural concepts and experiences of health, illness, treatment, and power cross-culturally.

UPDATES From Spring Semester before we knew what was ahead. . . .

The Darkness Has Not Overcome It by Jeremy Lin

Northeastern's COVID-19 Researchers in the Press
         Here's Why the COVID-19 Panic Makes You Want to Stock Up on Toilet Paper

Johns Hopkins Corona Virus Resource Center includes maps and articles, such as 
          The Unequal Cost of Social Distancing

           Now is not the time to ease social distancing measures, experts say

WHO issues new practices for naming new infectious human diseases

Medical Anthropology Blog on COVID-19 with weekly updates

Recent discussions about face masks:

Why Face Masks are Going Viral (article from

Coronavirus: Why Some Countries Wear Masks and Others Don't, BBC News, Singapore

Click on the graphic below to access the article--the first one is peer-reviewed, the second is a newspaper article (you may be asked for your MyNorthestern login).

Social Media (and some humor) on face masks-- 

Sapiens: Anthropology / Everything Human -- open access journal; recent articles

           What's Wrong with the "Chinese Virus"?


           Why We buy Weird Things in Times of Crisis


           Why Social Distancing Feels so Strange. . .

NOTE: Sapiens has a table of contents to browse their titles , but if you are looking for an article on a specific topic--search Google for

Google searc box with search for "toilet paper"

pressreader logo links to homepage of resource 

Click on the logo to access this a current newspaper collection -- it is an archive of the last 90 days of news from newspapers around the world. You will be asked to sign in and authenticate.

Social Distancing May Have Helped California Slow the Virus and Avoid New York's Fate  (Los Angeles Times)

250 NY Lives Lost in a Day (New York Post)

National Geographic -- Coronavirus Coverage --Check the Statistical Resources box for articles about "flattening the curve"
National Geographic is providing free access to all of our coronavirus coverage.


JSTOR logo links to homepage of resource  collection of ejournals, books, primary sources. JSTOR Resources during COVID-19

Check out the new JSTOR Daily (sign up for the weekly email updates)

You think a 14-day quarantine is tough? what about

. . . single case of yellow fever aboard a ship could put all passengers and crew under quarantine for as along as six months.
click on the link above to read the entire story.

screenshot of JSTOR Daily homepage

There's a mascot for that? Cute COVID-19 Education

How America Brought the 1957 Influenza Pandemic to a Halt 

Anti-Asian Racism in the 1817 Cholera Pandemic

Sometimes a sense of humor helps to deal with the new normal
van Gogh self portrait with hanging face mask--he's missing an ear