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  • Thursday, July 02, 2015 10:11 AM | Anonymous
    Howard recently had four poems published in the April 2015 issue of Anthropology Now(7, 1, pp. 129-130).  They are Transformational Leadership, Invisible, Evolution, and Cottonwood Ode (the latter dedicated to Ed Knop). 

  • Tuesday, November 08, 2011 2:38 PM | Anonymous

    In the Shadow of Asclepius brings together poems written over a forty-year career of teaching and living in American medicine as a medical, psychoanalytic, organizational, and applied anthropologist. Howard Stein’s poems from American medicine are the fruit of careful listening, observing, and often bearing witness to people’s experiences and stories. Many poems in this book come from Stein’s love of and long familiarity with the culturescapes and landscapes of Oklahoma.

    Through empathy and an inner resonance with the people and situations he evokes, Stein shows how poetry can not only contribute to medical humanities, and more broadly to the humanities in general, but can hone scientific, clinical acumen as well. That is, poetry can not only enhance self-awareness, empathy, and the doctor-patient relationship, but it can also improve the diagnostic process, the treatment, and the clinical outcome.

    This book deserves a wide readership among medical educators, practicing physicians, professionals in the clinical behavioral sciences and medical humanities, nurses, patients and their families, and all those interested in the lives touched by medicine in the United States.

    Please follow this link to learn more about the book and Howard Stein: You can purchase the book on the previous website and it is also available at and

  • Wednesday, February 16, 2011 8:34 AM | Anonymous

    Michael J. Higgins, one of the founding members of the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology has passed away. Michael Higgins, Ph.D. was a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Northern Colorado having taught anthropology for over 25 years. During his tenure as professor he served as the chair of the Anthropology department as well as the Black Studies department and the Women’s Study department. Dr. Higgins was a prolific writer, authoring numerous scholarly articles and several distinguished books in the field of anthropology. The following link is to a blog where friends and colleagues are posting memories for his family. His obituary is in the Greeley paper from February 4th, 2011.

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