Sharon Kaufman, PhD

Overview

Chair, Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine. Professor Emerita, Medical Anthropology. Core faculty, joint doctoral program in Medical Anthropology with UC Berkeley. Areas of research include: the changing culture and structure of US medicine; end-of-life; aging; subjectivity; the relationship of biotechnologies to ethics, governance and medical practice; the shifting terrain of evidence in clinical science; practices of risk assessment; and the anthropology of forms of life.

Publications

Ottenberg AL, Mueller PS, Topazian RJ, Kaufman S, Swetz KM. "It's Not Broke, So Let's Not Try to Fix It": Why Patients Decline a Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Device. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2014 Oct; 37(10):1306-14.
Russ AJ, Kaufman SR. Discernment rather than decision-making among elderly dialysis patients. Semin Dial. 2012 Jan-Feb; 25(1):31-2.
Kramer DB, Ottenberg AL, Gerhardson S, Mueller LA, Kaufman SR, Koenig BA, Mueller PS. "Just Because We Can Doesn't Mean We Should": views of nurses on deactivation of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators. J Interv Card Electrophysiol. 2011 Dec; 32(3):243-52.
Jain SL, Kaufman SR. Introduction to special issue. After progress: time and improbable futures in clinic spaces. Med Anthropol Q. 2011 Jun; 25(2):183-8.
Adams V, Kaufman SR. Ethnography and the making of modern health professionals. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2011 Jun; 35(2):313-20.
Kaufman SR, Fjord L. Medicare, ethics, and reflexive longevity: governing time and treatment in an aging society. Med Anthropol Q. 2011 Jun; 25(2):209-31.
Adams V, Kaufman SR, van Hattum T, Moody S. Aging disaster: mortality, vulnerability, and long-term recovery among Katrina survivors. Med Anthropol. 2011 May; 30(3):247-70.
Kaufman SR. Toward a phenomenology of boundaries in medicine: chronic illness experience in the case of stroke. Top Stroke Rehabil. 2011 Jan-Feb; 18(1):6-17.
Kaufman SR, Mueller PS, Ottenberg AL, Koenig BA. Ironic technology: Old age and the implantable cardioverter defibrillator in US health care. Soc Sci Med. 2011 Jan; 72(1):6-14.
Kaufman SR. Time, clinic technologies, and the making of reflexive longevity: the cultural work of time left in an ageing society. Sociol Health Illn. 2010 Feb 1; 32(2):225-37.
Kaufman SR. Making longevity in an aging society: linking Medicare policy and the new ethical field. Perspect Biol Med. 2010; 53(3):407-24.
Kaufman SR. Making longevity in an aging society: linking ethical sensibility and Medicare spending. Med Anthropol. 2009 Oct; 28(4):317-25.
Shim JK, Russ AJ, Kaufman SR. Late-life cardiac interventions and the treatment imperative. PLoS Med. 2008 Mar 4; 5(3):e7.
Russ AJ, Shim JK, Kaufman SR. The value of "life at any cost": talk about stopping kidney dialysis. Soc Sci Med. 2007 Jun; 64(11):2236-47.
Shim JK, Russ AJ, Kaufman SR. Clinical life: expectation and the double edge of medical promise. Health (London). 2007 Apr; 11(2):245-64.
Kaufman SR, Shim JK, Russ AJ. Old age, life extension, and the character of medical choice. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2006 Jul; 61(4):S175-84.
Shim JK, Russ AJ, Kaufman SR. Risk, life extension and the pursuit of medical possibility. Sociol Health Illn. 2006 May; 28(4):479-502.
Russ AJ, Shim JK, Kaufman SR. "Is there life on dialysis?": time and aging in a clinically sustained existence. Med Anthropol. 2005 Oct-Dec; 24(4):297-324.
Russ AJ, Kaufman SR. Family perceptions of prognosis, silence, and the "suddenness" of death. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2005 Mar; 29(1):103-23.
Sharon R. Kaufman. ...And a Time to Die: How American Hospitals Shape the End of Life. 2005.
Kaufman SR, Shim JK, Russ AJ. Revisiting the biomedicalization of aging: clinical trends and ethical challenges. Gerontologist. 2004 Dec; 44(6):731-8.
Tschann JM, Kaufman SR, Micco GP. Family involvement in end-of-life hospital care. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2003 Jun; 51(6):835-40.
Kaufman SR. Hidden places, uncommon persons. Soc Sci Med. 2003 Jun; 56(11):2249-61.
Kaufman SR. A commentary: hospital experience and meaning at the end of life. Gerontologist. 2002 Oct; 42 Spec No 3:34-9.
Kaufman SR. In the shadow of "death with dignity": medicine and cultural quandaries of the vegetative state. Am Anthropol. 2000 Mar; 102(1):69-83.
Kaufman SR. Intensive care, old age, and the problem of death in America. Gerontologist. 1998 Dec; 38(6):715-25.
Kaufman SR. The World War II plutonium experiments: contested stories and their lessons for medical research and informed consent. Cult Med Psychiatry. 1997 Jun; 21(2):161-97.
Kaufman SR. Construction and practice of medical responsibility: dilemmas and narratives from geriatrics. Cult Med Psychiatry. 1997 Mar; 21(1):1-26.
Kaufman SR. Decision making, responsibility, and advocacy in geriatric medicine: physician dilemmas with elderly in the community. Gerontologist. 1995 Aug; 35(4):481-8.
Becker G, Kaufman SR. Managing an uncertain illness trajectory in old age: patients' and physicians' views of stroke. Med Anthropol Q. 1995 Jun; 9(2):165-87.
Sharon R. Kaufman. The Healer's Tale: Transforming Medicine and Culture. 1993.
Kaufman SR, Becker G. Content and boundaries of medicine in long-term care: physicians talk about stroke. Gerontologist. 1991 Apr; 31(2):238-45.
Sharon R. Kaufman. The Ageless Self: Sources of Meaning in Late Life. 1986.

Interests

Sharon R. Kaufman
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