VAN DER GEEST is Emeritus Professor of Medical Anthropology
at the University of Amsterdam. He has done fieldwork in Ghana
and Cameroon on a variety of subjects including sexual relationships
and birthcontrol, the use and distribution of medicines, popular
song texts, meanings of growing old, concepts of dirt, hygiene
and defecation, and anthropological perspectives on privacy.
He founded the journal Medische Antropologie (now: Medicine
Anthropology Theory - MAT) and was its editor-in-chief
from 1989 until 2012. He was assistant editor of several other
journals in the field of medical anthropology.
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