Purity and Danger

As I prepare a presentation for my field’s international scientific conference next month (Society for the Social Studies of Science, … More

Conference Time!

This Friday, I’ll be heading to the Chicago area to attend FARE’s National Food Allergy Conference, June 20-22. I’m looking … More

Medicine and Morality

As those of you following me on Twitter may have noticed, I spent much of the past month writing a … More

The Power of Diagnosis

In a New York Times Health essay from 2008 called “The Tyranny of Diagnosis,” physician Pauline Chen argues, “As comforting … More

Follow the Pollen

For a few months out of the year, pollen is my enemy. Birch flowers, a major allergy culprit. My list … More

Contextualizing Vigilance

One of the crucial skills that people with food allergies (or with kids with food allergies) learn is how to … More

The Personal Armamentarium

In my research, I’ve sometimes heard doctors use the word “armamentarium” to refer to the full array of treatments they … More