Dr. Douglas London

Douglas London

Visiting Assistant Professor

Upham Hall, 113
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 11:30-1:00 PM, or by appointment

I am a Medical Anthropologist and have been studying the diet and health of Kawymeno hunter-gatherers. I received my PhD in medical anthropology from Arizona State University. I established my own ethnographic research site in Amazon rain forest to study the relationship between diet and health with one of last isolated full-time hunter-gathering groups left in Ecuador. I am conducting research on how dietary phytochemicals interact with human physiology to prevent or contribute to disease by modifying the human micro-biome in hunter-gatherers. Differences in the Kawymeno included a complete lack of symptomatic infection in wounds (such as 3rd degree burns and spear wounds). A modern diet reducing these dietary phytochemicals below levels and variety typical in human evolutionary history may leave humans vulnerable to diseases that were controlled through a foraging diet. Conversely, the monotonous phytochemical intake of the modern agricultural diet may be more toxic.

Along with my PhD and research career as a Medical anthropologist, I also have degrees in Public Health, Nursing & Nutrition. I have served for 17 years with universities, non-profits and the US government both conducting research and in a clinical and administrative capacity for various agencies in Africa and Latin America. For instance, while in Africa I served as director of a United Nations hospital in Angola for a number of years. As a member of the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard University I founded and directed a mental health clinic designed to explore and implement more culturally appropriate mental health care for Central Americans.