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Journal overview

Anthropology & Medicine is dedicated to publishing papers that examine medicine, health and illness in an anthropological context. This broad field reflects the journal’s commitment to interdisciplinary research on the interrelationship between culture and health.

The journal publishes original papers, reviews, commentaries and debates within the broad framework of medical anthropology, for an international readership. In addition to usual recent book reviews, each issue of Anthropology & Medicine also includes The Canon, which features a reappraisal of a past text that may be considered unfashionably canonical, classical or at least of continuing interest in medical anthropology and cultural psychiatry. The journal also features regular guest edited thematic issues on contemporary topics. Please see the proposal guidelines here. Commentaries could be a statement of position by the author, response to a recent publication, or a standalone piece and does not need to be based on original fieldwork or research.

Anthropology & Medicine aims to develop ideas and stimulate debate about the interface between culture and health. We encourage our readers and authors to engage with the new theoretical developments in the field and to participate in current critical debates in the world around us. The journal provides a forum for exploring subjects such as the globalisation and politics of biomedicine, the spread and impact of new medical technologies, gender, reproduction and the body. Topics such as global health, migration and mobility, mental health, chronic illness and ageing are explored through scholarly papers to elucidate the way experiences of health and illness and medical practice are innately cultural. As an interdisciplinary journal, we encourage work that explores the connection between health practice and anthropology including cross cultural psychiatry and hospital and clinic based ethnographies. Anthropology & Medicine seeks to establish a critical platform for this diversity and promotes a cross-fertilisation of concepts at the borderland of culture and medicine.

Anthropology & Medicine addresses academics, practitioners and students in the following areas: medical anthropology; social anthropology; the anthropology of conflict, trauma and reconciliation; medical sociology; primary care medicine; psychiatry; psychology; psychotherapy; ethology; public health and nursing; social history; social work; social geography; and development studies.

The journal is signatory to the WHO joint statement (January 2004) issued by editors of scientific journals publishing mental health research from low and middle income countries. For details see:

The Section of Transcultural Psychiatry of the World Psychiatric Association endorses the publication of Anthropology & Medicine as a significant contribution to the scientific literature of transcultural psychiatry and its related disciplines.

Peer review policy

Taylor & Francis is committed to peer-review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review. Once your paper has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will then be single or double blind peer reviewed by independent, anonymous expert referees.

Authors can choose to publish gold open access in this journal.

Read the Instructions for Authors for information on how to submit your article.

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