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‘The Healing Art of Writing’ conference and workshop

April 19, 2012 9:50 am Published by Comments Off on ‘The Healing Art of Writing’ conference and workshop

"The Healing Art of Writing" Conference and workshop is a unique opportunity for writers and poets in the healing professions and for patients to creatively express their experiences. There are now a limited number of scholarships available for UCSF students and faculty to attend the conference July 8–14 at Dominican University in San Rafael. Please contact Dr. David Watts if you are interested.


Focus on: the unique history of homeopathic medicine in Mexico

April 18, 2012 9:25 am Published by Comments Off on Focus on: the unique history of homeopathic medicine in Mexico

Homeopathic medicine has had an intriguing and unique history in Mexico. While in many countries homeopathy and conventional or allopathic medicine have uncomfortably co-existed, during the first decades of the 20th century, Mexico’s Escuela Nacional de Medicine Homeopatica (ENHM) was incorporated within the Universidad Autonoma Nacional de Mexico (UNAM). This symbolic merging of the two schools, which granted homeopathy legitimacy... View Article


‘Superstitions in Medicine’ mural by Bernard Zakheim at UCSF Parnassus.

April 13, 2012 9:39 am Published by Comments Off on ‘Superstitions in Medicine’ mural by Bernard Zakheim at UCSF Parnassus.

he panel is one of two sets of frescoes at UCSF Parnassus campus, for a total of twelve panels, the other being the Toland Hall frescoes (and the header picture of this blog) which depict early California medical history in ten consecutive panels. The murals were painted in 1938 by artist Bernard Zakheim, a student of Diego Rivera who worked on the Coit Tower murals in San Francisco, with financial support from the New Deal's Works Progress Administration.


Living and Dying in HIV-land: Political violence, health care, and experiences of HIV-positive Papuan women

April 12, 2012 8:52 am Published by Comments Off on Living and Dying in HIV-land: Political violence, health care, and experiences of HIV-positive Papuan women

Since 2001, once-remote communities in the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua have been drawn into aggressive development. Decentralization at the national level has allowed local leaders to put in motion new networks and linkages aimed at affirming the place of Papuan communities within the economic and political projects of the nation-state. At the same time, a sustained military... View Article


Plague, Fear, and Politics in San Francisco’s Chinatown

April 10, 2012 12:02 pm Published by Comments Off on Plague, Fear, and Politics in San Francisco’s Chinatown

A physician and historian, Guenter B. Risse, professor emeritus of the history of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, and an affiliate professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, just published a new book with John Hopkins University Press titled ‘Plague, fear, and politics in San Francisco’s Chinatown’. When health officials in San Francisco discovered bubonic plague in... View Article


Biologizing Addiction: Ethnic Marketing, Pharmaceuticals, and Stratified Systems of Care.

April 8, 2012 8:31 am Published by Comments Off on Biologizing Addiction: Ethnic Marketing, Pharmaceuticals, and Stratified Systems of Care.

Helena Hansen, Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Psychiatry at New York University, will give a talk on the biologicization of addiction next Wednesday, April 11, at 3:30 pm. Helena Hansen earned an MD and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Yale University, during which she completed fieldwork in Havana on Cuban AIDS policy, in urban Connecticut on harm reduction and needle... View Article


Straightening up the records: history not only taught, but required at UCSF.

April 5, 2012 6:32 pm Published by Comments Off on Straightening up the records: history not only taught, but required at UCSF.

The story continues! After our post yesterday on this blog on the necessary correction to Rick Santorum’s statement that UC campuses, including UCSF, do not teach American history, an official press release just came out today with additional clarifications. In particular, in the article by Jason Bardi reports that after hearing MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night pointing out... View Article


History at UCSF makes the news!

April 4, 2012 8:03 pm Published by Comments Off on History at UCSF makes the news!

In case you have missed it, the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine was featured on the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday, in relation to a correction to Rick Santorum's erroneous statement that "seven or eight of the California system of universities — don’t even teach an American history course". As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, Santorum dismissed higher education on Monday while campaigning in Wisconsin, citing California’s university system as an example of “how bad it’s gotten in this country.” The article appeared yesterday on the SF Chronicle corrected Santorum's statement, and noting that all the campuses both within the University of California system and the California State University system offer American history courses. In particular, UCSF and the DAHSM were explicitly referred to -and the DAHSM linked to- as offering courses in history of American medicine. While it is not precise to say, as the SF Chronicle reports, that the DAHSM offers a PhD program in 'Anthropology, History and Social Medicine' - that is the name of the Department, which offers a PhD program in Medical Anthropology and a PhD program in History of Medicine and the Health Sciences in coordination with UC Berkeley - we are thankful anyway to Rick Santorum for this free and unsoliticited publicity to our department.


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