Four questions—two for Dr. Anderson, the medically trained historian and STS scholar, and two for Professor Anderson, the historian of medicine and anthropology—arise as I read Warwick Anderson's The Collectors of Lost Souls: Who speaks for natural history? Who speaks for the protein or prion? Who speaks for today's Fore? And who speaks for Asian Pacific science and technology studies, or (given Professor Anderson's two manifestos on the subject) is there a postcolonial in this text?

But let me begin with an appreciation of how I read what my friend Warwick has achieved so brilliantly in this book already awarded multiple well-deserved prizes. Let me also note in passing the sixty photographs that provide a useful supplement to the “tangles of plaque” in the text. The photographs reveal the humanity of the victims of the neurodegenerative kuru epidemic (relatives helping the afflicted,...

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