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Written by Vera Rubin   

ASSAD ABBAS (M.D.) is Chief Psychologist at Queen Mary's Childrens Hospital in London, England.
MICHAEL H. BEAUBRUN (M.B., Ch.B., D.P.M.) resides in Jamaica where he is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry of the University of the West Indies and Senior Consultant of the University Hospital. His major research interests include alcoholism and drug abuse, psychiatric education, and community psychiatry. In 1968 he was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is a member or consultant of numerous medical and psychiatric organizations, including the World Psychiatric Association and the World Health Or-ganization. Dr. Beaubrun is currently serving as President of the World Federation for Mental Health.
SULA BENET (Ph.D.) is a Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She has authored numerous publica-tions on archaeology, folklore, social organization of Eastern Europe and the USSR, Soviet gerontology, and hashish. Her principal interests include social aspects of gerontology, the diffusion of hashish, and Eastern Euro-pean Slavic cultures.
JEAN BENOIST (M.D., D.Sc.) is a Professor of Anthropology and Direc-tor of the Center for Caribbean Studies at the University of Montreal. He has conducted fieldwork in the West Indies, Israél, India and islands of the Indian Ocean, and has published extensively on population structure in the West Indies, and on social structure and change in plantation soci-
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eties of the Caribbean and Indian Ocean areas. At present Dr. Benoist is working principally in the field of medical anthropology.
JACK D. BLAINE (M.D.) is currently Psychiatry Resident at the Univer-sity of California, San Diego. His major fields of interest include adolescent and adult psychiatry and research on psychopharmacology and drug abuse. He has served as a consultant for the National Institute of Mental Health at their Center for the Studies of Narcotic and Drug Abuse, as Assistant Director for Medical Science of the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, and since 1972 has been a member of the Drug Abuse Research Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Ad-ministration's National Institute of Drug Abuse.
LOUIS P. BOZZETTI (M.D.) is currently affiliated with the University of California at San Diego, where he holds the positions of Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Head of the Community Psychiatry Program of the Department of Psychiatry, and Medical Director of the University Psychiatric Clinic. His major research interests include drug addiction and cross-cultural studies of drug use.
RODERICK E. BURCHARD (Ph.D.) is presently an Assistant Profes-sor of Anthropology at the University of Manitoba, Canada. His major research interests include medical and nutritional anthropology and he is a specialist on the use of coca in the Andean regions of South America.
WILLIAM E. CARTER (Ph.D.) has served as Director and Professor of the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, Gainesville, since 1968. He has conducted extensive research in Central and South America and is the author of numerous articles and books. Dr. Carter is currently engaged in a study on the chronic use of cannabis in San Jose, Costa Rica. He has been the recipient of various grants and fel-lowships, including a Fulbright-Hays research award and grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health.
HELEN CODERE (Ph.D.) is currently Professor of Anthropology at Brandeis University. Among her interests are method and theory in an-thropology, economic anthropology, historical anthropology and primi-tive art. She has conducted extensive research among North American Indian populations and in Africa. She is the author of numerous scholarly books and articles.
LAMBROS COMITAS (Ph.D.) is currently affiliated with Teachers
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College, Columbia University, where he is Professor of Anthropology and Education, and Director of the Center for Education in Latin America. He is also a consultant for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in their Center for Studies of Narcotic and Drug Abuse ; co-principal investigator on a cannabis project in Jamaica; an Associate Director of the Research Institute for the Study of Man, in New York. Dr. Comitas has authored numerous publications on the Caribbean, among them The ganja complex: marihuana in Jamaica, co-authored with Vera Rubin.
ALVARO RUBIM DE PINHO (M.D.) is currently Head of the Depart-ment of Neuropsychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry of the Faculty of Medicine at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. He is a former Presi-dent of the Brazilian Psychiatric Association and has numerous publica-tions in his field. His main current research interest is cultural influence in the treatment of mental disease.
MARLENE DOBKIN DE RIOS (Ph.D.) is currently an Associate Professor of Anthropology at California State University at Fullerton. From 1967 to 1969 she worked as Research Associate at the Institute of Social Psychiatry of the National University of San Marcos in Lima, Peru. Her many research papers include reports on folk healing and ritual, non-Westefn use of hallucinogens, and altered states of consciousness. In addi-tion to her teaching duties, Dr. Dobkin de Rios serves as a consultant for the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse.
BRIAN M. DU TOIT (Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor of Anthro-pology and African Studies at the University of Florida. He did postgrad-uate work in the United States and South Africa, and conducted his first formal research among the Zulu. Other field projects include com-munity studies among rural and urban Africans, research in the central highlands of Papua, New Guinea, and a current study concerning canna-bis in Africa. Various publications reflect Dr. du Toit's interests in the fields of culture change, the anthropology of religion and new religious movements, and migration and urbanization.
B. R. ELEJALDE (M.D.) is an Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Medicine and Head of the Genetics Laboratory of the Department of Pathology at the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia. He has served as Research Fellow of the British Council in the Cytogenetics Laboratory, Paterson Laboratories, Christie Hospital, and Holt Radium
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Institute in Manchester, England. He is on the editorial board of Antio-quia Medica, Consultant to the Fondo Colombiano de Investigaciones Cientificas (Cokiencias), and a member of various scientific and medical organizations. Dr. Elejalde is the author of numerous cytogenetic and chromosomal studies.
JAMES F. FISHER (Ph.D.) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Carleton College. He taught English at the elementary, secondary, and college levels while he was a Peace Corps Volunteer from 1962-1964 in Nepal. Since then, he has served as consultant and coordina-tor of various language, education, and Peace Corps Training programs in Nepal and India. Among his special interests are central and south Asia, economic anthropology, and cultural change. In 1973, Dr. Fisher was Director of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Indian Studies Pro-gram held at Kathmandu.
MELVYN GREEN, presently completing his doctoral dissertation, is a co-organizer of a Drug Abuse Council sponsored survival manual for "free clinics" and other alternative health care agencies. He has served in various positions, as a sociological lecturer on deviant behavior, drug re-search associate, and recently worked as Assistant Director of a video-tape production on treatment for acute adverse drug reactions.
K. A. HASAN (Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Indiana State University, Terre Haute. He is the author of numerous papers published in medical and anthropological journals in India, Eu-rope, and the United States, as well as a book, The cultural frontier of health in village India. Dr. Hasan is particularly interested in medical anthropology and holds a Masters degree in Public Health from the Uni-versity of California, Berkeley.
H. W. HUTCHINSON (Ph.D.) is currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Miami, Florida. He has published extensively on plantation communities and social organiza-tion in Brazil. From 1954 through 1959 he taught anthropology in Brazil-ian universities, first in the Escola de Sociologia e Politica de Sâo Paulo, and later in the Faculdade de Filosofia of the Universidade da Bahia.
Concurrent with Dr. Hutchinson's interest in Brazil, are his interests in sociocultural factors in health behavior and services, and the epidemio-logy of mental illness.
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KNUD JENSEN (M.D.) is currently Consultant Psychiatrist and Neuro logist at Odense University Hospital and a Lecturer at Odense University in Denmark. His major fields of research are psychopharmacology and clinical and social psychiatry.
ROGER JOSEPH (Ph.D.) is the Research Director of the Institute of Science, Technology, Arts, and Culture, in Fullerton, California. He has conducted fieldwork in Mexico, the Caribbean, Lebanon, and Morocco, and for the academic year 1973-1974, served as a Visiting Associate Pro-fessor at the American University of Beirut. Dr. Joseph, in addition to a number of papers and articles, has produced two documentary films.
JOHN KAPLAN (LL.B.) is currently affiliated with Stanford University, where he is a Professor of Law. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Marijuana — the new prohibition (1970).
AHMAD M. KHALIFA (Ph.D.) is currently President of the National Center for Social Research in Cairo. He has taught in the Universities of Cairo, Ein-Shams, and Baghdad, and is the author of numerous publica-tions on narcotic drup, the sociology of deviant behavior, and the penal system of the United Arab Republic. Dr. Khalifa is Chairman of the United Nations Committees on Crime Prevention and Control, and on the Prevention of Discrimination and the Protection of Minorities.
MUNIR A. KHAN (M.D.) is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Psy-chiatry, Odense University Hospital, Denmark. He has worked in Swit-zerland and England, and is currently engaged in research in the field of psychopharmacology, with emphasis on the interaction of alcohol and other psychopharmacological drugs.
HUI-LIN LI (Ph.D.) is currently affiliated with the University of Penn-sylvania where he is a Professor of Botany and Director of the Morris Arboretum. He received his education in China and the United States, and has taught biology and botany at Soochow and Taiwan Universities. Dr. Li has carried out extensive research in biology, plant taxonomy, eco-nomic botany, and biosystematics, as a Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Academy of Science Research Fellow.
MARIE ALEXANDRINE MARTIN (Ph.D.) is Head of Research at
the National Center of Scientific Research, Paris. She has conducted and
published studies of botanical research in Cambodia and eastern Thailand
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and is currently engaged in ethnoscientific and linguistic research in those two countries.
WILLIAM H. McGLOTHIN (Ph.D.) has held the position of Professor in Residence in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cali-fornia, Los Angeles, since 1971. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards for the National Council on Drug Abuse and the National Com-mission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse and also serves as a consultant to the World Health Organization and as a Research Scientist of the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. McGlothin's major research interest is the psychological effects of psychotropic drugs and their social implications. He has published extensively on hallucinogens, cannabis, and other drugs.
RALPH D. MILLER (Ph.D.) presently is residing in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he is engaged in consultation and research in the field of drug usage. He has served on the faculty of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and from 1969 to 1973 was Research Director and principal scientific writer for the Commission of Inquiry into the Non-Medical Use of Drugs, in Ottawa.
BARBARA G. MYERHOFF (Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Southern California. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, and a member of several anthropological and sociological organizations. Dr. Meyerhoff has also published extensively, including articles and a book on the symbolism and use of peyote among the Huichol Indians of Mexico.
PHYLLIS PALGI is Chief Anthropologist of the Mental Health Division of Israel's Ministry of Health, and also teaches Anthropology in the Behavioral Science Department of the Medical School. She has authored a number of publications in the field of anthropology and mental health, with special reference to immigrant adjustment problems. Her other areas of studies include death, bereavement, and mourning rites, and family types in Israel.
WILLIAM L. PARTRIDGE, who will receive his Ph.D. in Anthropolo-gy in August, 1974, is currently a predoctoral Research Fellow of the National Institute of Mental Health. He is the author of a number of publications, including a book The hippie ghetto: the natural history of a subculture. His principal interests include community studies and applied anthropology in the United States and South America ; he has done field work in the Caribbean and on the north coast of Colombia.
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VERA D. RUBIN (Ph.D.) is Director of the Research Institute for the Study of Man in New York. She was previously affiliated with Brandeis University, where she taught in the Department of Anthropology. She is an Honorary Fellow of A.A.A.S., New York Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of a number of other anthropological organizations. She is also an Associate of the Joint Program in Applied Anthropology, Center for Education in Latin America, Teachers College, Columbia University. Her major research interests include applied anthropology, anthropology and medicine, and population dynamics. A recent book, The ganja com-plex: marihuana in Jamaica, co-authored with Lambros Comitas, is one of Dr. Rubin's numerous publications.
JOSEPH H. SCHAEFFER (Ph.D.) is a Professor of Anthropology and Communication at Marlboro College in Vermont. Some of his major interests include communication in complex urban settings, general sys-tems theory as it relates to communication, human ecology, and the development of audiovisual techniques related to the acquisition of per-manent anthropological records. He has done fieldwork in the Caribbean and urban New York. In 1970-1971 he participated, with his wife, in a multidisciplinary study of the effects of cannabis upon behavior in a defined socioeconomic setting in Jamaica, West Indies.
RICHARD EVANS SCHULTES (Ph.D) is currently affiliated with Harvard University where he is the Paul C. Mangelsdorf Professor of Natural Sciences, Director of the Botanical Museum, and Curator of Economic Botany. He has published extensively in taxonomic botany, ethnobotany, and plant chemistry, and is present Editor of Economic Bota-ny and the Harvard Botanical Museum Leaflets. His specialty is the taxono-my of useful plants, particularly narcotics and poisons, of the New World Tropics, and Dr. Schultes has engaged in plant exploration in these areas.
ALVIN BURTON SEGELMAN (Ph.D.) is an Assistant Professor in the College of Pharmacy, Rutgers University. He is the author of numer-ous publications, Contributing Editor for Pharmacognosy Titles, and Scientific Reviewer for the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Lloydia, The Journal of Natural Products. Dr. Segelman is currently engaged in a number of research projects, including work to isolate and identify previ-ously unknown biologically active components of cannabis.
WILLIAM THOMAS STEARN (D.Sc., Sc.D., Ph.D.) is the Senior
Principal Scientific Officer in the Department of Botany of the British
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Museum (Natural History). His major research and interests include plant collection in Australia, Europe, Jamaica, and the United States ; the history of botany and botanical exploration; bibliography of natural history; and the life and work of Carl Linnaeus. Dr. Stearn is a member of numerous scientific and academic societies and organizations, and has an extensive list of publications to his name.
COSTAS N. STEFANIS (M.D.) is currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry of Athens University Medical School, and Director of Eginition University Psychiatric Hospital. He is also President of the Hellenic Association of Neurology and Psychiatry. Dr. Stefanis has served in academic and clinical positions in neurology and psychiatry in Greece, Canada, and the United States. His major research interests include clinical psychiatry, psychopharmacology, psychosocial aspects of schizophrenia, and physical and sociocultural aspects of drug abuse.
NIKOLAAS J. VAN DER MERWE (Ph.D.) recently assumed the post of Professor of Archaeology at the University of Capetown, South Africa. He received his education in the United States, has conducted fieldwork in Africa, Italy, and the U.S., and previously taught anthro-pology in the State University of New York, Binghamton. He has a number of publications in archaeology and soil chemistry to his name. Dr. van der Merwe's major fields of research are African prehistory and archaeometry (physical and chemical analysis in archaeology.)
JOHANNES WILBERT (Ph.D.) currently holds the positions of Profes-sor of Anthropology and Director of the Latin American Center at the University of California at Los Angeles. He also holds the position of Guest Professor at the University of Vienna. From 1956 through 1966 he served in Caracas variously as Director of Anthropology for the Society of Natural Sciences, Director for the Caribbean Institute of Anthropology and Sociology, and Chairman of Anthropology for the same organization. In addition to his teaching responsibilities Dr. Wilbert is editor of the Venezuelan journal Antropolégica and of the "Latin American Studies-monograph series.
ROBERTO WILLIAMS-GARCIA (M.A.) is currently Investigator for the Instituto de Antropologia, Universidad Veracruzana, in Xalapa, Veracruz. His major fields of interest include Mexican myth and ritual, and documentary film-making.


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