VAN DER GEEST is Emeritus Professor of Medical Anthropology
at the University of Amsterdam. He has done fieldwork in Ghana
and Cameroon on a variety of subjects including sexual relationships
and birthcontrol, the use and distribution of medicines, popular
song texts, meanings of growing old, and concepts of dirt,
hygiene and defecation. He founded the journal Medische
Antropologie and was its editor-in-chief from 1989 until 2012.
He was assistant editor of several other journals in the field
of medical anthroplogy.
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