Arthur Kleinman, MD

Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University, and Professor of Medical Anthropology and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Arthur Kleinman is a physician and anthropologist. A graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Medical School, with a master's degree in social anthropology from Harvard and trained in psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Kleinman is a leading figure in medical anthropology, cultural psychiatry, global health, social medicine, and medical humanities. He has conducted research in China since 1978 and in Taiwan from 1969 until 1978. Kleinman is professor of medical anthropology and psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and was director of Harvard University's Asia Center from 2008 until 2016. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Kleinman has published six single authored books and has also co-edited books on culture and depression; SARS in China; world mental health; suicide; placebos; AIDS in China; and the relationship of anthropology to philosophy. His most recent book is The Soul of Care: The Moral Education of a Husband and a Doctor (Penguin 2019).


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