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2012. Reproductive governance in Latin America. Co-authored with Elizabeth F. S. Roberts. Anthropology and Medicine 19(2):1-14.
2012. Getting at anthropology through medical history: Notes on the consumption of Chinese embryos and fetuses in the Western imagination. IN Anthropology at the Intersections: Histories, Activisms, and Futures. Marcia Inhorn and Emily Wentzell, eds., pp. 41-64. Durham: Duke University Press.
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2008. The embryography of Alice B. Toklas. Comparative Studies in Society and History 50(1):304-25.
2006. The rise and demise of a collection of human fetuses at Mount Holyoke College. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 49(3):435-51.
2006. "Life begins when they steal your bicycle": Cross-cultural practices of personhood at the beginnings and ends of life. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 34(1):8-15.
2006. Strange anatomy: Gertrude Stein and the avant-garde embryo. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 21(1):15-34.
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2002. “Properly disposed of”: A history of embryo disposal and the changing claims on fetal remains. Medical Anthropology 21(3-4):247-74.
2002. Romancing the transgender native: Rethinking the use of the “third gender” concept. Co-authored with Evan B. Towle. GLQ 8(4):469-97.
1998. Ambiguities lost: fashioning the fetus into a child in Ecuador and the United States. IN Small Wars: The Cultural Politics of Childhood. Nancy Scheper-Hughes and Carolyn Sargent, eds., pp. 58-74. Berkeley: University of California Press.
1998. Latin American social medicine and the politics of theory. IN Building a New Biocultural Synthesis: Political-Economic Perspectives in Biological Anthropology. Alan Goodman and Thomas Leatherman, eds., pp 407-424. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
1997. Imagining the unborn in the Ecuadoran Andes. Feminist Studies 23(2):323-350.
1996. Babies, bodies, and the production of personhood in North America and a Native Amazonian society. Co-authored with Beth A. Conklin. Ethos 24(4):657-694.
1996. Fetal relationality in feminist philosophy: An anthropological critique. Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 11(3):47-70.
1990. International politics and primary health care in Costa Rica. Social Science & Medicine 30(2):211-219. Published in Spanish as "Política internacional y atención primaria de salud en Costa Rica," trans. by Consuelo Fernández. Anuario de Estudios Centroamericanos 19(1):91-105, 1993.
1990. The medicalization of anthropology: A critical perspective on the critical-clinical debate. Social Science & Medicine 30(9):945-50.
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