News vom 14.02.2017
The Research Area Anthropology of Global Inequalities at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology in collaboration with the Research Area Medical Anthropology cordially invite you to the following lecture:
Dr. Elena Calvo-González
(Federal University of Bahia)
“Health self-monitoring in Brazil: laboratories, test results
and the healthcare system”
The current healthcare system in Brazil, both in its private and public forms, delegates to patients the responsibility for collecting and presenting during medical consultations medical test results, such as laboratory results, or image tests such as x-rays and MRIs. Patients are also responsible for final storage of such documents, as well as presenting them at future medical consultations when requested to do so. This system implies that patients have had, for a long time, direct access to these results and, in some cases, track their health through them, keeping a close eye in their results and comparing values. Some laboratories nowadays offer not only the possibility of accessing test results online, but also creating graphs to compare values throughout time. Based on field research in the north-eastern city of Salvador, Bahia, this paper discusses the impact that this setting has on general health self-monitoring practices (including the use of domestic devices when available), as well as the ways in which such long-established practices of personal involvement with medical test results have on patients' dealings with biomedicine.
Elena Calvo-González is currently a Lecturer at the Faculty Postgraduate Programme of Social Sciences at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. Her work is set at the intersection between Anthropology of Science and Medicine, Political Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies, and Race relations. For the past decade she has researched the ways in which biomedicine, particularly how low-complexity medical technologies, medical knowledge and clinical encounters, are involved in the reconfiguration of ideas about ‘race’ and bodily difference in general. She is also interested in the critical study of “whiteness” in Brazil, both within the context of biomedical settings as well as from a historical standpoint with regard to the experience of European immigrants to Brazil.
Time: Wednesday 15th February 2017, 18-20h
Venue: Landoltweg 9-11, Raum 014 (Seminarraum)
Everyone interested is cordially invited.
Prof. Dr. Katharina Schramm