Summary: The science devoted to the comparative study of man.

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  1. Astuti R, Bloch M. Why a theory of human nature cannot be based on the distinction between universality and variability: Lessons from anthropology. Behav Brain Sci. 2010;33:83-4 pubmed publisher
    ..We propose a different approach to comparative research, which takes population variability seriously and recognizes the methodological difficulties it engenders. ..
  2. Béhague D, Goncalves H, Victora C. Anthropology and Epidemiology: learning epistemological lessons through a collaborative venture. Cien Saude Colet. 2008;13:1701-10 pubmed
    Collaboration between anthropology and epidemiology has a long and tumultuous history...
  3. Xiao S, Kohrman M. Anthropology in China's health promotion and tobacco. Lancet. 2008;372:1617-8 pubmed publisher
  4. Bibeau G. What is human in humans? Responses from biology, anthropology, and philosophy. J Med Philos. 2011;36:354-63 pubmed publisher
    Genomics has brought biology, medicine, agriculture, psychology, anthropology, and even philosophy to a new threshold...
  5. Pfeiffer J, Nichter M. What can critical medical anthropology contribute to global health? A health systems perspective. Med Anthropol Q. 2008;22:410-5 pubmed
  6. Weiss E, Kislev M, Hartmann A. Anthropology. Autonomous cultivation before domestication. Science. 2006;312:1608-10 pubmed
  7. Panagiotopoulou O. Finite element analysis (FEA): applying an engineering method to functional morphology in anthropology and human biology. Ann Hum Biol. 2009;36:609-23 pubmed publisher
  8. Hewlett B, Epelboin A, Hewlett B, Formenty P. Medical anthropology and Ebola in Congo: cultural models and humanistic care. Bull Soc Pathol Exot. 2005;98:230-6 pubmed
  9. Porter J. Epidemiological reflections of the contribution of anthropology to public health policy and practice. J Biosoc Sci. 2006;38:133-44 pubmed
    Academic disciplines like anthropology and epidemiology provide a niche for researchers to speak the same language, and to interrogate the assumptions that they use to investigate problems...

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  1. Mellars P. A new radiocarbon revolution and the dispersal of modern humans in Eurasia. Nature. 2006;439:931-5 pubmed
  2. Gravlee C, Sweet E. Race, ethnicity, and racism in medical anthropology, 1977-2002. Med Anthropol Q. 2008;22:27-51 pubmed
    ..We present a content analysis of Medical Anthropology and Medical Anthropology Quarterly, based on a systematic random sample of empirical research articles (n = 283)..
  3. Martin D, Andreoli S, Quirino J, Nakamura E. [Notion of meaning in health qualitative research: the Anthropology contribution]. Rev Saude Publica. 2006;40:178-9; author reply 179-80 pubmed
  4. Parker M, Harper I. The anthropology of public health. J Biosoc Sci. 2006;38:1-5 pubmed
  5. Khan S. Systems of medicine and nationalist discourse in India: towards "new horizons" in medical anthropology and history. Soc Sci Med. 2006;62:2786-97 pubmed
  6. Rick T, Erlandson J. Anthropology. Coastal exploitation. Science. 2009;325:952-3 pubmed publisher
  7. Manderson L. Applying medical anthropology in the control of infectious disease. Trop Med Int Health. 1998;3:1020-7 pubmed
    This paper focuses on two roles of anthropology in the control of infectious disease...
  8. Abbott A. Anthropologists cast doubt on human DNA evidence. Nature. 2003;423:468 pubmed
  9. Lambert H, McKevitt C. Anthropology in health research: from qualitative methods to multidisciplinarity. BMJ. 2002;325:210-3 pubmed
  10. Turner T. Changes in biological anthropology: results of the 1998 American Association of Physical Anthropology Membership Survey. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2002;118:111-6 pubmed
    In response to the results of the 1996 survey of the membership of the American Association of Physical Anthropology (AAPA), the Executive Committee of the Association sponsored a follow-up survey designed to assess gender and specialty ..
  11. Hunt G, Barker J. Drug treatment in contemporary anthropology and sociology. Eur Addict Res. 1999;5:126-32 pubmed
    ..Their perspective on the processes or efficacy of treatment is rarely sought. The concept of drug treatment as necessarily beneficial to clients is questioned in this paper. ..
  12. Atran S. Folk biology and the anthropology of science: cognitive universals and cultural particulars. Behav Brain Sci. 1998;21:547-69; discussion 569-609 pubmed
    This essay in the "anthropology of science" is about how cognition constrains culture in producing science...
  13. Zilhão J, Angelucci D, Badal García E, D ERRICO F, Daniel F, Dayet L, et al. Symbolic use of marine shells and mineral pigments by Iberian Neandertals. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2010;107:1023-8 pubmed publisher
    ..The Iberian finds show that European Neandertals were no different from coeval Africans in this regard, countering genetic/cognitive explanations for the emergence of symbolism and strengthening demographic/social ones...
  14. Goodrum M, Olson C. The quest for an absolute chronology in human prehistory: anthropologists, chemists and the fluorine dating method in palaeoanthropology. Br J Hist Sci. 2009;42:95-114 pubmed
  15. Parada M, Carrió E, Bonet M, Vallès J. Ethnobotany of the Alt Empordà region (Catalonia, Iberian Peninsula): plants used in human traditional medicine. J Ethnopharmacol. 2009;124:609-18 pubmed publisher
    ..The folk knowledge about medicinal plant use is still alive in the studied region, and a number of scarcely reported plant uses has been detected, some of them with promising phytotherapeutical applications. ..
  16. Han C. Symptoms of another life: time, possibility, and domestic relations in Chile's credit economy. Cult Anthropol. 2011;26:7-32 pubmed
  17. Pettitt P, White M. Cave men: stone tools, Victorian science, and the 'primitive mind' of deep time. Notes Rec R Soc Lond. 2011;65:25-42 pubmed
    ..We identify three main phases of development of notions of the primitive mind in the period. ..
  18. Godfrey L. From the shoulders of a giant: perspectives on the legacy of William White Howells (1908-2005). Am J Phys Anthropol. 2008;Suppl 47:118-26 pubmed publisher
    William White Howells was one of the intellectual giants of the discipline of biological anthropology during the twentieth century. He was a devoted student of Earnest A...
  19. Lamon B, Hajjar D. Inflammation at the molecular interface of atherogenesis: an anthropological journey. Am J Pathol. 2008;173:1253-64 pubmed publisher
    ..Integration of these factors with an inflammation-based hypothesis of atherosclerosis has yet to be extrapolated to observations in the realms of basic and clinical sciences and is the focus of this review. ..
  20. Castillo Rojas G, Cerbón M, Lopez Vidal Y. Presence of Helicobacter pylori in a Mexican Pre-Columbian Mummy. BMC Microbiol. 2008;8:119 pubmed publisher
    ..Only one sample of gastric remnant H. pylori-positive with 16S rRNA gene was also positive for ureB gene from H. pylori. This data supported infection with H. pylori in Mexican pre-Columbian mummies dating from approximately 1,350 AC. ..
  21. Béhague D. The domains of psychiatric practice: from centre to periphery. Cult Med Psychiatry. 2008;32:140-51 pubmed publisher
  22. Dalton R. Fears for oldest human footprints. Nature. 2008;451:118 pubmed publisher
  23. Tinyakova E. Fieldwork: man in the system of nature and priority of natural laws in human life. Coll Antropol. 2007;31:601-12 pubmed
    ..In the cycle of natural sciences fieldwork stands close to anthropology, geography, biology, demography...
  24. Strkalj G. Artificial classification and the study of human variation. Riv Biol. 2006;99:14-20 pubmed
  25. Strait D, Constantino P, Lucas P, Richmond B, Spencer M, Dechow P, et al. Viewpoints: diet and dietary adaptations in early hominins: the hard food perspective. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2013;151:339-55 pubmed publisher
  26. Koel Abt K, Winkelmann A. The identification and restitution of human remains from an Aché girl named "Damiana": an interdisciplinary approach. Ann Anat. 2013;195:393-400 pubmed publisher
    ..In April 2012, the skull and two related specimens were returned from the Charité to the Aché community, mediated by the Paraguayan ambassador in Berlin. ..
  27. Vasalou S. Subject and body in Basran Mu'tazilism, or: Mu'tazilite kal?m and the fear of triviality. Arab Sci Philos. 2007;17:267-98 pubmed
  28. Rothe A. Cognitive anthropologists: who needs them?. Top Cogn Sci. 2012;4:387-95 pubmed publisher
    During the last decades, the cognitive sciences and cognitive anthropology have increasingly veered away from each other...
  29. Fryberg S. Cultural psychology as a bridge between anthropology and cognitive science. Top Cogn Sci. 2012;4:437-44 pubmed publisher
    ..As illustrated in this essay, a cultural psychological approach provides a bridge between anthropology and the cognitive sciences, and in so doing it offers an alternative set of explanations and interventions for ..
  30. Green D, Alemseged Z. Australopithecus afarensis scapular ontogeny, function, and the role of climbing in human evolution. Science. 2012;338:514-7 pubmed publisher
    ..This affirms the functional relevance of those characteristics, and their presence in australopith fossils supports the hypothesis that their locomotor repertoire included a substantial amount of climbing. ..
  31. Denning K. Is life what we make of it?. Philos Trans A Math Phys Eng Sci. 2011;369:669-78 pubmed publisher
    ..beings, and do these stories really mean what we think they do? Might a closer look at those narratives help us gain perspective on the quest to find extra-terrestrial life, and on our quest to prepare for the consequences of detection? ..
  32. Kamilar J, Beaudrot L. Understanding primate communities: recent developments and future directions. Evol Anthropol. 2013;22:174-85 pubmed publisher
    ..We review the current state of research, describe new datasets and research tools, and suggest future research directions. ..
  33. Singer M. Pathogens gone wild? Medical anthropology and the "swine flu" pandemic. Med Anthropol. 2009;28:199-206 pubmed publisher the general public, the so-called swine flu pandemic raises important questions, addressed here, concerning the capacity of medical anthropology to respond usefully to such disease outbreaks and their health and social consequences.
  34. Mohlenhoff K, Codding B. When does it pay to invest in a patch? The evolution of intentional niche construction. Evol Anthropol. 2017;26:218-227 pubmed publisher
  35. Pulcini E. The responsible subject in the global age. Sci Eng Ethics. 2010;16:447-61 pubmed publisher
    ..Responsibility thus finds a motivation, which is neither altruistic nor duty-centred, in the awareness of our own vulnerability and the bond with the destiny of humankind as a whole. ..
  36. Bracha H, Yoshioka D, Masukawa N, Stockman D. Evolution of the human fear-circuitry and acute sociogenic pseudoneurological symptoms: the Neolithic balanced-polymorphism hypothesis. J Affect Disord. 2005;88:119-29 pubmed
    ..Taxonomic implications for the much-needed rapprochement between the forthcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V) and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) are discussed. ..
  37. Nakajima K. [From ethnic difference to ethnic similarity]. Yakugaku Zasshi. 2009;129:223-9 pubmed
  38. Vardy M, Kaplan B. Christ/messiah delusions revisited: toward an anthropological definition of religious delusions. Psychoanal Rev. 2008;95:473-87 pubmed publisher
  39. Dalton R. Palaeoanthropology: the history man. Nature. 2006;443:268-9 pubmed
  40. Vermeulen H. The German ethnographic tradition and the American connection. Hist Anthropol. 2006;33:9-14 pubmed
  41. Pedersen L, Hjortdal V. [An anthropological study of how young people and grown-ups with congenital heart disease understand their illness]. Ugeskr Laeger. 2007;169:1797-800 pubmed
    ..GUCH patients can benefit from including personal and family issues in medical counselling because it can help them to cope with the disease in everyday life. ..
  42. Sheng G, Lai X, Wang W. [Molecular anthropology and the origin of modern human]. Yi Chuan. 2004;26:721-8 pubmed
    ..b>Anthropology is one of the fields most deeply impacted by the theory and method of molecular biology...
  43. Hysolli E. Global public health through the eyes of medical anthropologist Didier Fassin. Yale J Biol Med. 2009;82:175-6 pubmed
    At the 2009 Society for Medical Anthropology Conference at Yale University, anthropologist Didier Fassin discussed social inequality and the politicization of health in the context of global public health.
  44. Longa V. The evolution of the Faculty of Language from a Chomskyan perspective: bridging linguistics and biology. J Anthropol Sci. 2013;91:15-62 pubmed publisher
    ..From such a view, language would be one of the consequences of a slight modification operated on an ancestral architecture shared with vertebrates. ..
  45. Batniji R, van Ommeren M, Saraceno B. Mental and social health in disasters: relating qualitative social science research and the Sphere standard. Soc Sci Med. 2006;62:1853-64 pubmed
    ..By relating social science research to the Sphere standard for mental and social health, this review informs and illustrates the standard and identifies areas of needed research. ..
  46. Lessa A. [The archeology of human aggressiveness: violence from a paleo-epidemiological perspective]. Hist Cienc Saude Manguinhos. 2004;11:279-96 pubmed
  47. Magrath P, Nichter M. Paying for performance and the social relations of health care provision: an anthropological perspective. Soc Sci Med. 2012;75:1778-85 pubmed publisher
    ..We suggest that insights from social science theory coupled with the focused ethnographic methods of anthropology can contribute to the critical assessment of P4P schemes and to their adaptation to particular social ..
  48. Low S. Claiming space for an engaged anthropology: spatial inequality and social exclusion. Am Anthropol. 2011;113:389-407 pubmed
    I use the concept of “engaged anthropology” to frame a discussion of how “spatializing culture” uncovers systems of exclusion that are hidden or naturalized and thus rendered invisible to other methodological approaches...
  49. Nagaoka T, Hirata K. Reliability of metric determination of sex based on long-bone circumferences: perspectives from Yuigahama-minami, Japan. Anat Sci Int. 2009;84:7-16 pubmed publisher
    ..This paper provides new standards, focusing on the diaphysial circumferences of limb bones from a medieval population, and will contribute to the advancement of medieval studies of skeletal remains from archaeological sites in Japan. ..
  50. Sommer M. History in the gene: negotiations between molecular and organismal anthropology. J Hist Biol. 2008;41:473-528 pubmed
    ..How did macromolecules become "documents of human evolutionary history"? Historically, molecular anthropology, a term introduced by Emile Zuckerkandl in 1962 to characterize the study of primate phylogeny and human ..
  51. Istomin K, Dwyer M. Finding the way: a critical discussion of anthropological theories of human spatial orientation with reference to reindeer herders of northeastern Europe and western Siberia. Curr Anthropol. 2009;50:29-42; discussion 42-9 pubmed
    In anthropology, research on human spatial orientation (wayfinding) has centered on two conflicting theories: the "mental map," whereby humans build abstract cognitive representations of the spatial relations between objects, ..
  52. Root R. Situating experiences of HIV-related stigma in Swaziland. Glob Public Health. 2010;5:523-38 pubmed publisher
    ..Multidisciplinary and locale-specific studies are especially well suited in examining the cultural dynamics of HIV stigma and in providing grounded data that deepen the impact of comprehensive HIV/AIDS policies and programming. ..
  53. Deguilloux M, Pemonge M, Dubut V, Hughes S, Hänni C, Chollet L, et al. Human ancient and extant mtDNA from the Gambier Islands (French polynesia): evidence for an early Melanesian maternal contribution and new perspectives into the settlement of easternmost Polynesia. Am J Phys Anthropol. 2011;144:248-57 pubmed publisher
    Molecular anthropology has been widely used to infer the origin and processes of the colonization of Polynesia...