Booktivism! Great Books on Pharma!

Leonore Tiefer and a dedicated group of folks hosted a recent Selling Sickness conference. They also took the time to gather up a number of important books and make a Booktivism PDF that can be used as a reader’s guide and a bookgroup launching point – including orienting questions. Do check it out, it is Continue reading…

Drugs for Life featured on BBC Radio!

In my first radio interview, Drugs for Life was featured on BBC Radio 4’s “Thinking Allowed,” a really engaging discussion show about the latest research into how society works and how we live today. I definitely need to get more comfortable speaking into a microphone alone in a room, getting right to the point instead Continue reading…

Informing Pharmaceutical Cultures

JOSEPH DUMIT AND NATHAN GREENSLIT INFORMATED HEALTH AND ETHICAL IDENTITY MANAGEMENT (Editorial) Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 2006.  DOI: 10.1007/s11013-006-9017-z  The scale of pharmaceuticals is almost unbelievable: trillions of pills consumed per year, 602 billion dollars in global sales, 3.6 billion prescriptions in the U.S. alone in 2005. The average insured American purchased thirteen different prescriptions last Continue reading…

»Picturing Personhood: Brain Scans and Biomedical Identity

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By showing us the human brain at work, PET (positron emission tomography) scans are subtly–and sometimes not so subtly–transforming how we think about our minds. Picturing Personhood follows this remarkable and expensive technology from the laboratory into the world and back. It examines how PET scans are created and how they are being called on Continue reading…

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»How I Read

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Notes on reading modes sent to a grad class: I wanted to respond to the questions raised during our class regarding what kind of a reading I have been doing over these weeks.  I see it as close (as opposed to general), constructive (as opposed to deconstructive), positive (as opposed to negative), generous (as opposed Continue reading…

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»Sitting, Academic Style

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STS as Equipment for Literature: Sitzfleisch Material Semiosis (draft for 4S talk for panel, “Get your theories up and running with lively machines” – comments welcome) the title is a variation on rhetorician Kenneth Burke’s brilliant piece, “Literature as Equipment for Living,” describing the uses of inspirational and self-help books, noting that most people read Continue reading…

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