Sylvie Fainzang is a French medical anthropologist.
She did post-graduate studies at the EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales) in Paris. She is a Director of Research in the INSERM (Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale), and a member of the Cermes3 (Centre de Recherche Médecine, Science, Santé, Santé mentale, Société:
She is the editor-in-chief of the international francophone on-line Journal Anthropologie & Santé (,
and the scientific coordinator of the international network MAAH (Medical Anthropology At Home:

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Social and cultural behaviors towards illness, social uses of medicines, norms and deviance in the field of health, patient information, lying in the doctor-patient relationship, self-medication, patient autonomy, lay management of drug risks.