Publications and Articles


Lasco, Gideon. (forthcoming). Height Matters: The Making, Meanings, and Materialities of Human Stature in the Philippines. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press.

Lasco, Gideon (ed.) (forthcoming). Drugs and Philippine Society. Quezon City: Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press 

Lasco, Gideon. (2020). The Philippines is Not a Small Country: Essays on Culture, Modernity and Nationhood. Quezon City: Ateneo de Manila University Press 

Lasco, Gideon. (2020). “The Chemical Lives of Young Filipinos” In: Rethinking Filipino Millennials, J. Cornelio, ed. Manila: University of Santo Tomas Press. 

Lasco, Gideon. (2018). “The Doctor as Storyteller” In: From the Eyes of a Healer: An Anthology of Medical Anecdotes, J. Tabula, ed. Manila: Alubat Publishing. 

Lasco, Gideon. (2016). Day Hikes and Nature Walks from Manila. Manila: Primer Group


Accepted; in press

Goncalves, Joao & Gideon Lasco. (forthcoming). Anthropology, Democracy, and
Authoritarianism: Reflections from Brazil and the Philippines. Current Anthropology 

Lasco, Gideon. et al. (forthcoming). “It’s as if I’m the one suffering”: Narratives of parents caring for children with disability in the Philippines. Acta Medica Philippina

Tan, Michael L. & Gideon Lasco. (forthcoming).‘Hawa’ and ‘resistensya’: Local health knowledge and the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines. Anthropology & Medicine 


Lasco, Gideon. (2020). The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) Outbreak in the Philippines (2003) Philippine Studies 68(3/4):337-369. 

Lasco, Gideon. (2020) Medical populism and the COVID-19 pandemic. Global Public Health 15(10):1417-1429.

Lasco, Gideon. (2020). Challenging world leaders amid medical populism (Correspondence). The Lancet (Online 10-Nov-2020). 

Mallari, E., Lasco, G., Sayman, D. J., Amit, A. M. L., Balabanova, D., McKee, M., ... & Palafox, B. (2020). Connecting communities to primary care: a qualitative study on the roles, motivations and lived experiences of community health workers in the Philippines. BMC Health Services Research, 20(1), 1-10. 

Palafox, B., Renedo, A., Lasco, G., Palileo‐Villanueva, L., Balabanova, D., & McKee, M. (2020). Maintaining population health in low‐and middle‐income countries during the Covid‐19 pandemic: Why we should be investing in Community Health Workers. Tropical Medicine & International Health.

Lasco, Gideon, Mendoza, Jhaki, et al. (2020). Nasa dugo (‘It’s in the blood’): lay conceptions of hypertension in the Philippines BMJ Global Health 2020;5:e002295. 

Cornelio, Jayeel & Gideon Lasco. (2020). Morality politics: Drug use and the Catholic Church in the Philippines. Open Theology, 6(1):327-341.

Lasco, Gideon. (2020). Drugs and drug wars as populist tropes in Asia: Illustrative examples and implications for drug policy.  International Journal of Drug Policy

Lasco, Gideon. (2020). ‘De estatura regular’: Height and Filipino bodily representations in the Spanish colonial period (1521-1898). Philippine Studies 68(1):57-82


Lasco, Gideon. & Larson, Heidi J. (2019). Medical populism and immunisation programs: Illustrative examples and consequences for public health. Global Public Health

Lasco, Gideon. & Hardon, Anita P. (2019). Keeping up with the times: Skin-lightening practices among young men in the Philippines. Culture, Health, & Sexuality

Hardon, Anita P., Davatos, Ian Anthony, and Lasco, Gideon. (2019). Be Your Product: On Youth, Multilevel Marketing, and Nutritional Cure-Alls in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. American Ethnologist 46(4):1-15

Lasco, Gideon. (2019). Curating the 21st century human body. Museum International 71(1-2):88-95

Lasco, G. D., Duya, J. E. D., Sanchez, J. H., & Dans, A. L. (2019). Before and After the Sin Tax Law: Perceived Changes in Tertiary Government Hospitals by Inpatients and Healthcare Workers. Acta Medica Philippina, 53(1): 6-11.

Lasco, Gideon and Curato, Nicole. (2019). Medical populism. Social Science & Medicine 221(1): 1-8. doi:


Lasco, Gideon. (2018). " Little Brown Brothers": Height and the Philippine–American Colonial Encounter (1898–1946). Philippine Studies: Historical and Ethnographic Viewpoints, 66(3), 375-406.

Lasco, Gideon. (2018). “They might mistake you for an informant”: Anthropology in the time of the Philippine drug war. Medicine Anthropology Theory, 10.17157/mat.5.4.573

Lasco, Gideon. (2018). Kalaban: Young drug users’ engagements with law enforcement in the Philippines. International Journal of Drug Policy, 52, 39-44.

Palafox, B., Seguin, M. L., McKee, M. ...Lasco, G...& Majid, F. A. (2018). Responsive and Equitable Health Systems—Partnership on Non-Communicable Diseases (RESPOND) study: a mixed-methods, longitudinal, observational study on treatment seeking for hypertension in Malaysia and the Philippines. BMJ open, 8(7), e024000.

Lasco, Gideon. (2018). Call boys: Drug use and sex work among marginalized young men in a Philippine Port Community. Contemporary Drug Problems, 45(1): 33-46.

Older articles

Lasco, Gideon. (2014). Pampagilas: methamphetamine in the everyday economic lives of underclass male youths in a Philippine port. International Journal of Drug Policy, 25(4), 783-788.

Romualdez Jr, Alberto, Paul Gideon Lasco, and Bryan Albert Lim. (2012). "Universal Health Care in the Philippines." Journal of the ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies 27.2: 180.

Acuin, Cecila, Bryan Albert Lim, and Paul Gideon Lasco. (2010). "Universal Health Care for Filipinos: Introduction" Acta Medica Philippina. 44 (4):11-13. See entire volume here.

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Gideon Lasco is a weekly columnist in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. For a full listing of his articles in the Inquirer, visit this link

He has also contributed essays and commentaries to various international print and online publications, including in his column in SAPIENS:

What is there is life on Venus? SAPIENS, October 22, 2020 

The perils of vaccine messianism, The Straits Times, September 20, 2020. 

The trouble with rushing a COVID-19 cure, The Straits Times, July 16, 2020. 

Could COVID-19 Permanently Change Hand Hygiene?  SAPIENS, April 17, 2020. 

Why face masks are going viralSAPIENS, February 7, 2020.

The double life of coca. SAPIENS, January 30, 2020.

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