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.
Ph.D., 1980 - Graduate Division (Medical Anthropology), University of California, San Francisco
"It's not broke, so let's not try to fix it": why patients decline a cardiovascular implantable electronic device.
"Just Because We Can Doesn't Mean We Should": views of nurses on deactivation of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators.
Time, Clinic Technologies, and the Making of Reflexive Longevity: The cultural work of 'time left' in an aging society.
Time, clinic technologies, and the making of reflexive longevity: the cultural work of time left in an ageing society.