Donald Pollock


Donald Pollick Associate Professor
Office: MFAC, Room 372
Phone: (716) 645-3080


Research Interests

Current research interests fall into two broad topics: the culture of contemporary medicine (including the social history of physician autobiography, the culture of tertiary care medicine, and health disparities); and traditional healing, shamanism, and personhood in Amazonian communities.

Selected Publications

Violent Delights: Kulina Ethnomedicine. (in press)

Siblings and Sorcerers: Shamanism and the Paradox of Kinship among the Kulina Neil Whitehead and Robin Wright (eds) In Darkness and Secrecy: The Anthropology of Assault Sorcery and Witchcraft in Amazonia Duke University Press. pp. 202-213. 2004.

Regionalism and Cultural Identity in Western Amazonia Tipití: Journal of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America 1 (1): 49-70. 2003.

Partible Paternity and Multiple Maternity among the Kulina in Stephen Beckerman and Paul Valentine (eds) Cultures of Multiple Fathers: Partible Paternity in Lowland South America University of Florida Press. pp. 42-61. 2002.

"Physician Autobiography: Narrative and the Social History of Medicine" in Cheryl Mattingly & Linda Garro [eds] Narrative and the Cultural Construction of Illness and Healing, University of California Press, 2001. pp. 108-127.

"Behavioral Disorders We Want to Have." Psychiatric Currents. 12: 145-167. 2000.

"Depression and Ethnicity among Medical and Surgical Hospital Patients." Journal of Health and Ethnicity 31(2): 34-46. 2000.

"The Anthropology of Emotion" in D. Levinson, J. Ponzetti, & Peter Jorgensen (eds) Encyclopedia of Human Emotions. vol. 1. New York: Macmillan, pp 56-59. 1999.

"Traditional Healing in Latin America and the Caribbean" in Kwame Anthony Appiah and Henry Louis Gates (eds) Africana. Basic Books, pp. 1863-1864. 1999.

"The Social Construction of Medical Jargon" Cadernos de Saúde Pública: Reports in Public Health. 14(4): 463-464. 1998.

"Food and Gender among the Kulina" in Carole Counihan and Steven Kaplan (eds) Food and Gender: Identity and Power. Gordon & Breach. pp. 11-28. 1998.

(& Carlos Jaén, et al) "Patterns of Dysphoria in a Puerto Rican Urban Community" Journal of the National Medical Association 90(2): 93 - 98, 1998.

(& Raphael Leo, et al.) "Geropsychiatric Consultation for African American and Caucasian Patients" General Hospital Psychiatry 19:216-222, 1997.

Undergraduate Courses Offered

APY 261 | Culture of Science
APY 382 | Indians of South America
APY 267 | Introduction to Ethnomedicine

Graduate Courses Offered

APY 584 | Transcultural Psychiatry