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Books, special issues, reports

2011 (editor with Kerry Chamberlain) Life stages of medicines. Special issue Medische Antropologie 23 (2): 321-308. [open access]
2002 (with S.R. Whyte & A. Hardon) Social lives of medicines. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [introduction and conclusion] [contents]
1991 (with A. Hardon, H. Geerling & A. le Grand) The provision and use of drugs in developing countries. A review of studies and annotated bibliography. Amsterdam: Het Spinhuis.
1991 (editor with S.R. Whyte) The context of medicines in developing countries: studies in pharmaceutical anthropology. Amsterdan: Het Spinhuis (reprint) [order] [contents/foreword]
1990 (eds) Sociale en culturele aspecten van geneesmiddelen. Special issue Medische Antropologie 2 (2). [open access]
1988 (editor with S.R. Whyte) The context of medicines in developing countries: Studies in pharmaceutical anthropology. Dordrecht: Kluwer. [Contents/Foreword]
1987 (editor) Pharmaceuticals in the Third World: the local perspective. Special half issue Social Science & Medicine 25 (3):273-328.
1981 La pathologie de services médicaux: la distribution de médicaments au Sud Cameroun. Problèmes et suggestions. Amsterdam: Antropologisch Sociologisch Centrum (208 pp).


2018 Pharmaceuticals. The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Wiley Online Library. [pdf]
2017 Les médicaments sur un marché camerounais. Reconsidération de la commodification et de la pharmaceuticalisation de la santé. Anthropologie & Santé 14 | 2017: 1-17. [pdf]
2012 Discussing and testing efficacy: The never-ending debate about ‘traditional/alternative’ and ‘bio-medicines’. Revue Internationale sur le Médicament (RIM) 4 (1). [openaccess].
2012 Intérêt de la perspective multi-niveaux en anthropologie du médicament. Ethnopharmacologia n°48 (juillet 2012): 7-13. [pdf]
2011 (with Kerry Chamberlain) Researching the life stages of medicines: Introduction. Medische Antropologie 23 (2): 231-241. [pdf]
2011 (with S.R. Whyte) O encanto dos medicamentos:metáforas e metonímias. Sociedade e Cultura 14 (2): 457-472. (Portuguese translation of 'The charm of medicines', 1989). [pdf]
2011 (with S.R. Whyte) Zaufanie i sceptycyzm – Zmiany postaw [Trust and scepticism – Changing attitudes towards pharmaceuticals] LUD 95: 93-103. [pdf]
2011 The urgency of pharmaceutical anthropology: A multilevel perspective. Curare 34 (1-2): 9-15. [pdf]
2010 (with J. Kinsman & A. Hardon) La chaîne des médicaments en tant que phénomène multiniveau : Le cas des médicaments antirétroviraux. Notes méthodologiques et théoriques. Dans C. Garnier et A.L. Saives (coll.), Turbulences dans la chaîne des médicaments. Les éditions Liber, Montréal, pp. 39-64.[text]
2010 Why are pharmaceuticals sometimes liked and sometimes disliked? Viennese Ethnomedicine Newsletter 12 (2-3): 15-21.[pdf]

患者对于制药产品的信任: 声誉和怀疑  (Patients’ beliefs about pharmaceutical drugs: Popularity and scepticism). Chinese Journal of New Drugs 16(21): 1725-1730. [text]

2007 Comment (On: C. Hayden “A generic solution?”). Current Anthropology 48 (4): 492. [text]

(with Anita Hardon)Social and cultural efficacies of medicines: Complications for antiretroviral therapy. Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 2006, 2:48. [open access]


Anthropology and the pharmaceutical nexus. Anthropological Quarterly 79 (2): 303-14. [pdf]

2003 (with S.R. Whyte) Popularité et scepticisme: Opinions contrastées sur les médicaments. Anthropologie & Sociétés 27 (2): 97-117. [pdf]
2003 (with P.W. Geissler) Editorial: Should medicines be kept away from children? African considerations. Tropical Medicine & International Health 8 (2): 97-99. [pdf]
2002 Drug vendors and their market: The commodification of health in Cameroon. Unpublished ms. [pdf]
2002 Foreword. In: Aryanti Radyowijati & Hilbrand Haak, Determinants of antimicrobal use in the developing world. USAID, Child Health Research Project Special Report Volume 4 Nr 1, pp. 1-2. [pdf]
2000 The practicality of metaphors and metonyms: Illness and medicines in Burkina Faso and beyond. In: W. Geissler & L. Meinert (eds) Proceedings of Workshop on People and Medicines in East Africa. Copenhagen: Danish Bilharziasis Laboratory, pp. 45-54. [text]
2000 (With J. Kamwanga, M. Macwan’gi, A. Mazimba, D. Mulikelela & M. Mwangelwa) What did Health Reforms in Zambia achieve? Health Policy & Planning 15 (1): 59-65. [pdf]
1999 Het helend vermogen van kunstproductie. Pharmaceutisch Weekblad 143 (47): 1630-32. [pdf]
1999 Training shopkeepers and schoolchildren in medicine use: Experiments in applied medical anthropology in East Africa. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 13 (2): 253-55. [pdf]
1998 Use and misuse of pharmaceuticals: Anthropological comments. In: P. Streefland (ed) Problems and potential in international health: Transdisciplinary perspectives. Amsterdam: KIT Press/Het Spinhuis, pp. 195-214. [pdf]
1996 Grasping the children’s point of view: An anthropological reflection. In: P. Bush et al. (eds) Children, medicines and culture. New York / London: Hayworth Press, pp. 337-46. [pdf]
1996 (with A. Hardon and S.R. Whyte) The anthropology of pharmaceuticals: A biographical approach. Annual Review of Anthropology 25:153-78. [pdf]
1994 Medische technologie in cultureel perspectief: Inleiding. In: S. van der Geest e.a. (red) De macht der dingen. Medische technologie in cultureel perspectief. Amsterdam: Het Spinhuis, pp. 1-19.
1994 (with A. Hardon) De kracht van injecties: Sociale en culturele aspecten. In: S. van der Geest et al. (eds) De macht der dingen: Medische technologie in cultureel perspectief. Amsterdam: Het Spinhuis, pp. 138-58. [pdf]
1994 (with S. Whyte) Injections: Issues and methods for anthropological research. In: N.L. Etkin & M.L. Tan (eds) Pharmaceuticals: Meanings and contexts. Quezon City: HAIN, pp. 137-61. [pdf]
1994 Christ as a pharmacist: Medical symbols in German devotion. Social Science & Medicine 39 (5): 727-32. [pdf]
1993 Geneesmiddelen uit planten: Culturele complicaties. Cahiers Biowetenschappen en Maatschappij 17 (1): 25- 33.
1993 (with Adèle Meulenbroek) Metaphors, metonyms and homeopathy: Terms of illness and therapy among Mossi people in Burkina Faso. Curare 16 (3/4): 285-90.  [pdf]
1992 Village health workers as medicine sellers? Health Planning & Management 7 (3): 185-97. [pdf]
1991 (with S.R. Whyte) The charm of medicines: Reply. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 5 (2): 172-174 [pdf]
1991 Marketplace conversations in Cameroon: how and why popular medical knowledge comes into being. Culture, Medicine & Psychiatry 15 (1): 69-90. [pdf]
1990 Medicijn, metafoor en metonymia. Medische Antropologie 2 (1): 3-29. [pdf]
1990 (with A. Hardon & S.R. Whyte) Planning for essential drugs: are we missing the cultural dimension? Health Policy & Planning 5 (2): 182-5. [pdf]
1990 (with A. Hardon) Self medication in developing countries. Journal of Social & Administrative Pharmacy 7 (4): 199-204.  [pdf]
1990 Medicijn, metafoor en metonymia; repliek. Medische Antropologie 2 (2): 227-31. [pdf]
1989 (with K. de Graaf) De toegevoegde kracht: geneesmiddelen bij tien Guiziga families in Noord Kameroen. In: S. van der Geest & G. Nijhof (eds) Ziekte, gezondheidszorg en cultuur. Amsterdam: Het Spinhuis, pp. 110-9. [pdf]
1989 Essentiële geneesmiddelen: een antropologische kanttekening. In: S. van der Geest & G. Nijhof (eds) Ziekte, gezondheidszorg en cultuur. Amsterdam: Het Spinhuis, pp. 120-6 (cf. 1988) [pdf]
1989 (with S.R. Whyte) The charm of medicines: metaphors and metonyms. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 3 (4): 345-67. [pdf]
1989 Dorpsgezondheidswerkers als medicijnverkopers: de toekomst van Primary Health Care? Medische Antropologie 1 (1): 70-81. [pdf]
1988 "De praestigiis daemonum": medicijngebruik in de Derde Wereld. Medisch Contact 43 (24): 753-4. [pdf]
1988 (with S.R. Whyte) Medicines in context: an introduction. In: S. van der Geest & S.R. Whyte (eds) The context of medicines in developing countries: studies in pharmaceutical anthropology. Dordrecht: Reidel. pp. 3-11. [pdf]
1988 The articulation of formal and informal medicine distribution in South Cameroon. In: S. van der Geest & S.R. Whyte (eds) The context of medicines in developing countries: studies in pharmaceutical anthropology. Dordrecht: Reidel. pp. 131-48 (cf. 1985).
1988 De onbekende medicijngebruikers in de Derde Wereld. Medicus Tropicus 26(3): 2. [pdf]
1988 Pharmaceutical antropology: perspectives for research and application. In: S. van der Geest & S.R. Whyte (eds) The context of medicines in developing countries: studies in pharmaceutical anthropology. Dordrecht: Reidel. pp. 329-66. [pdf]
1988 De onzichtbare hand van de dokter: Profarmacies in Kameroen. Sociologische Gids 35(6): 366-79. [pdf]
1988 Essentiële geneesmiddelen: een antropologische kanttekening. Pharmaceutisch Weekblad 123: 1101-1104. [pdf]
1988 (with A. Hardon) Western pharmaceuticals in Third World countries: methodological suggestions for field research. Health Planning & Policy 3(2):152-8. [pdf]
1987 Introduction. Pharmaceuticals in the Third World: the local perspective. Social Science & Medicine 25(3): 273-6. [pdf]
1987 (with A. Hardon) Discovering the consumer. HAI News October 1987, pp. 1-2,12. [pdf]
1987 Self care and the informal sale of drugs in South Cameroon. Social Science & Medicine 25(3):293-305. [pdf]
1987 Unequal access to pharmaceuticals in Southern Cameroon: The context of a problem. In: B.E.Jackson & A. Ugalde (eds) The impact of development and modern technologies in Third World Health. Williamsburg: Studies in Third World Societies. pp. 141-66. [pdf]
1987 (with A.P. Hardon) Hazards of self medication. World Health Forum 8(4): 469-71. [pdf]
1986 (with R. Welsch) Einige Gedanken zur pharmazeutischen Ethnologie. Salix: Zeitschrift für Ethnomedizin 2 (2): 7 -16. [pdf]
1986 Health care as politics? "Missed chances" in rural Cameroon. In: W. van Binsbergen, F. Reyntjes & G. Hesseling (eds) State and local community in Africa. Brussels: CEDAF/ASDOC, Cahier 2 3 4/1986, Serie 2, pp. 241-60. [pdf]
1986 Gezond geneesmiddelenbeleid Derde Wereld. Wemos Bulletin 8 (4):12-13. [pdf]
1986 De antropoloog, de industrie en zelf medikatie in de Derde Wereld. In: M. Braakman (red) Gezondheidszorg en kultuur kritische bekeken. Groningen: Konstapel, pp. 109-18. [pdf]
1985 De informele medicijnhandel in Zuid Kameroen. In: P. van Gelder & Th. Crump (eds) De informele sector in de landen van de derde wereld. Essays over Nicaragua, Suriname, Mexico, Kameroen en Indonesië. Amsterdam: AWIC/Cansa. pp. 115-64.
1985 Marketing myths: Selling drugs in the Third World. Medicine in Society 2 (2): 41-5. [pdf]
1985 The intertwining of formal and informal medicine distribution in South Cameroon. Canadian Journal of African Studies 19 (3): 569-87. [pdf]
1985 Westerse medicijnen in niet Westerse maatschappijen: over farmaceutisch antropologisch onderzoek. Nieuwsbrief Medische Antropologie 3 (1/2): 2-15.
1985 (with A. Hardon) Onderzoek naar dubieuze praktijken in de verstrekking en het gebruik van geneesmiddelen: enkele methologische suggesties. Nieuwsbrief Medische Antropologie 3 (1/2): 64-8.
1985 Tetracycline against children’s diarrhoea: A note from South Cameroon. [unpublished note] [pdf]
1984 Anthropology and pharmaceuticals in developing countries. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 15 (3):59 62 [pdf]; and (4):87-90. [pdf]
1984 Medicijngebruik in de Derde Wereld: hoever gaat de verantwoordelijkheid van de farmaceutische industrie? Intermediair 20 (5):31-3. [pdf]
1983 Propharmacies: a problematic means of drug distribution in rural Cameroon. Tropical Doctor 13 (1):9-13. [pdf]
1983 Non-information for patients: selling drugs in developing countries. Pharmacy International 4 (2):42-44. [pdf]
1983 Geneesmiddelen in de derde wereld: vrije verkoop en misbruik. Pharmaceutisch Weekblad 118 (35):723-32.
1983 Mensen en medicijnen in Kameroen: de verwevenheid van formele en informele medicijnvoorziening. Gezondheid en Samenleving 4 (4): 216-25. [pdf]
1983 Farmaceutisch onderzoek voor de derde wereld. Wetenschap en Samenleving 1983/6: 37-44. [pdf]
1982 The illegal distribution of western medicines in developing countries: pharmacists, drug pedlars, injection doctors and others. A bibliographic exploration. Medical Anthropology 6 (4): 197-219. [pdf]
1982 The secondary importance of primary health care in South Cameroon. Culture, Medicine & Psychiatry 6: 365-83. [pdf]
1982 The efficiency of inefficiency: medicine distribution in South Cameroon. Social Science & Medicine 16 (24): 2145-53. [pdf]
1981 Under the counter medicines in developing countries. Pharmacy International 2 (12):280-3. [pdf]
n.d. Medicijnen in een brede context: Een onderzoek in Kameroen. Een notitie voor de workshop ‘Linkages’. Ongepubliceerd. [pdf]
n.d. Pharmaceuticals in Cameroon: The context of problems and solutions. Unpublished manuscript. [pdf]

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