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Doctors for Democracy

Doctors for Democracy
Health Professionals in the Nepal Revolution

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology

  • Date Published: April 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521585484

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  • This book examines the role of Nepali physicians in the revolutionary changes in 1990. These Western trained doctors have always been concerned with developing a form of medical practice relevant to Nepali conditions, that speaks to local conceptions about health, and so their medical practice was always politicized. The author reveals how very fine the line is between politics and scientific medical truth claims. Her study encompasses both the modern political history of Nepal and the role of medicine in a poor, largely rural, Hindu kingdom.

    • Addresses a hotly debated subject: the relationship between science, medicine and politics
    • Offers a detailed case study of the contemporary dilemmas faced by many developing national intellectuals
    • Unique in its event-oriented analysis and its insights about the particular outcomes of exported medical science in a developing nation
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    • Date Published: April 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521585484
    • length: 266 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Doctors, science and democracy in the developing world
    3. History and power in Nepal
    4. Revolutionary medicine: scientists for democracy
    5. Dividing lines: motivations of the medical professionals
    6. Medicine and politics
    7. Post-revolutionary political medicine: corruption or validation of truth?
    8. Science, fetishism, truth, and privilege.

  • Author

    Vincanne Adams, Princeton University, New Jersey

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