A bomb clearance team in Laos eagerly buys bush meat from local hunters. Then they realize they're eating threatened and endangered species.
In Part 1 of this post, we discussed two explanations for difficult childbirth and helpless babies: the Fall and the obstetrical dilemma (OD) hypothesis. Both have their weaknesses. Let’s consider another evolutionary-minded explanation, apart from the OD. For humans, the birth process begins at the same time that pregnancy reaches a critical metabolic threshold. This suggests there is a connection between the two. As a fetus develops and …
Anorexia is not just about striving for an idealized body image. It is an obsessive, relentless—and futile—quest to be pure, perfect, and clean.
Anthropologists often use an idea called the "obstetrical dilemma" to explain why humans have helpless infants, but there is mounting evidence that this explanation is insufficient.
The work of a medical anthropologist offers a window into the world of Nigerien women who live with obstetric fistula.
The U.S. mental health care system is failing youth who are struggling with the onset of psychosis—the very time when effective help could make a difference.