Sharon Kaufman, PhD

RECALL HCOMP

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.

Interests

Publications

"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.
Discernment rather than decision-making among elderly dialysis patients. Semin Dial. 2012 Jan-Feb; 25(1):31-2.
"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.
Introduction to special issue. After progress: time and improbable futures in clinic spaces. Med Anthropol Q. 2011 Jun; 25(2):183-8.
Ethnography and the making of modern health professionals. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2011 Jun; 35(2):313-20.
Medicare, ethics, and reflexive longevity: governing time and treatment in an aging society. Med Anthropol Q. 2011 Jun; 25(2):209-31.
Aging disaster: mortality, vulnerability, and long-term recovery among Katrina survivors. Med Anthropol. 2011 May; 30(3):247-70.
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.
Ironic technology: Old age and the implantable cardioverter defibrillator in US health care. Soc Sci Med. 2011 Jan; 72(1):6-14.
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.
Making longevity in an aging society: linking Medicare policy and the new ethical field. Perspect Biol Med. 2010; 53(3):407-24.
Making longevity in an aging society: linking ethical sensibility and Medicare spending. Med Anthropol. 2009 Oct; 28(4):317-25.
Late-life cardiac interventions and the treatment imperative. PLoS Med. 2008 Mar 4; 5(3):e7.
The value of "life at any cost": talk about stopping kidney dialysis. Soc Sci Med. 2007 Jun; 64(11):2236-47.
Clinical life: expectation and the double edge of medical promise. Health (London). 2007 Apr; 11(2):245-64.
Old age, life extension, and the character of medical choice. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2006 Jul; 61(4):S175-84.
Risk, life extension and the pursuit of medical possibility. Sociol Health Illn. 2006 May; 28(4):479-502.
"Is there life on dialysis?": time and aging in a clinically sustained existence. Med Anthropol. 2005 Oct-Dec; 24(4):297-324.
Family perceptions of prognosis, silence, and the "suddenness" of death. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2005 Mar; 29(1):103-23.
...And a Time to Die: How American Hospitals Shape the End of Life. 2005.
Revisiting the biomedicalization of aging: clinical trends and ethical challenges. Gerontologist. 2004 Dec; 44(6):731-8.
Family involvement in end-of-life hospital care. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2003 Jun; 51(6):835-40.
Hidden places, uncommon persons. Soc Sci Med. 2003 Jun; 56(11):2249-61.
A commentary: hospital experience and meaning at the end of life. Gerontologist. 2002 Oct; 42 Spec No 3:34-9.
Intensive care, old age, and the problem of death in America. Gerontologist. 1998 Dec; 38(6):715-25.
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.
Construction and practice of medical responsibility: dilemmas and narratives from geriatrics. Cult Med Psychiatry. 1997 Mar; 21(1):1-26.
Decision making, responsibility, and advocacy in geriatric medicine: physician dilemmas with elderly in the community. Gerontologist. 1995 Aug; 35(4):481-8.
Managing an uncertain illness trajectory in old age: patients' and physicians' views of stroke. Med Anthropol Q. 1995 Jun; 9(2):165-87.
The Healer's Tale: Transforming Medicine and Culture. 1993.
Content and boundaries of medicine in long-term care: physicians talk about stroke. Gerontologist. 1991 Apr; 31(2):238-45.
The Ageless Self: Sources of Meaning in Late Life. 1986.
Sharon R. Kaufman
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