Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights and the new War on the Poor (Book)


Pathologies of Power tells life-and-death stories to interrogate our understanding of human rights and health justice. Farmer’s disturbing examples are linked to a guarded optimism that new medical and social technologies will develop in tandem with a more informed sense of social justice. Otherwise, he concludes, we will be guilty of managing social inequality rather than addressing structural violence.


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Paul Farmer was an American medical anthropologist and physician. Farmer held an MD and PhD from Harvard University, where he was the Kolokotrones University Professor and the chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.


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