Sunday, July 19, 2009


This past winter I took a class called The Anthropology of Infectious Disease. It was about how diseases and our socieities and cultures are so intertwined, and it was hands-down one of my favorite classes ever.

Now, though? Now I am living the anthropology of infectious disease. Teaching a roomful of four-year-olds who have not yet grasped how to wipe their noses or cover their mouths results in one sicky, sicky Lisa.


Cammy said...

I took a similar class, Medical Anthropology, and LOVED it. I actually did my term paper on the role of religious fasting practices in the etiology of EDs.

It also cemented in my mind one over-riding principle: HUMANS CARRY DISEASES. I work with animals, and people ask me sometimes if I'm afraid of catching various stuff from them, but truly people are the ones that carry the people-killing bugs most often.

I'm so sorry you got cooties from the kids, please take it easy and feel better soon!!!

Rach said...

That sounds so cool - not you being sick, but the class!

Just Eat It! said...

If Airborne worked, I would recommend that. There's this stuff that comes in a little cotton swab, but the name escapes me. It helps flu and cold symptoms and I'm pretty sure it starts with a T. I hope you feel better!

Lisa said...

Cammy, I took Medical Anthropology from the same prof who taught Anth of Infectious Disease. It was the most challenging class I'd ever taken, but I LOVED it. I hope I'll get to do something linking health and education when I start classes this fall at GMU.

Kristina said...

I think that Zicam kept me healthy for much of the past two years. Even though I work with older kids, they are ALWAYS sick! Now, however, they've taken my favorite product off the market because just a few people (okay, maybe more than a few) lost their sense of smell.
Good luck with whatever works for you!

Harriet said...

Ugh, a nasty side effect of teaching. You'll be come immune after a few years. I hope you feel better soon!