Publications and Articles


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

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

Hardon, A., Davatos, I., and Lasco G. (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. (2017). Call boys: Drug use and sex work among marginalized young men in a Philippine Port Community. Contemporary Drug Problems, 0091450917742052.

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. "Universal Health Care in the Philippines." Journal of the ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies 27.2 (2014): 180.

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


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 the following:

Tuberculosis is Asia’s silent killer. The Statesman (India), July 20, 2019.

The Dark Side of Skin Whitening., the online magazine of the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, June 6, 2019.

“Don’t Call Philippines’ Duterte’s Anti-Drug Campaign a ‘War on Drugs’”, The Globe Post, December 11, 2018.

In the Philippines, the premium placed on height is no tall tale. The Conversation, April 4, 2017.

Just how big is the drug problem in the Philippines anyway? The Conversation, October 13, 2016.

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