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Doctors for Democracy : Health Professionals in the Nepal Revolution - Vincanne Adams

Doctors for Democracy

Health Professionals in the Nepal Revolution

Paperback Published: 25th May 1998
ISBN: 9780521585484
Number Of Pages: 266

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This book examines the role of the Nepali physicians in the revolutionary changes in 1990. These doctors are trained in the Western tradition, and participate in international scientific debates, yet they have always been concerned to develop a form of medical practice that was relevant to Nepali conditions, and which could speak to local conceptions about health, and so their medical practice was always politicized. Vincanne Adams argues that the commitment of these professionals to the values of science, and to public health, was crucial in their political activity, and that ideas and practices associated with the notions of 'democracy' and of 'science' supported each other. Describing her book as 'a story that explores how very fine the line is between politics and scientific medical truth claims', it therefore encompasses both the modern political history of Nepal and the role of medicine in a poor, largely rural, Hindu kingdom.

Doctors, science and democracy in the developing world
History and power in Nepal
Revolutionary medicine: scientists for democracy
Dividing lines: motivations of the medical professionals
Medicine and politics
Post-revolutionary political medicine: corruption or validation of truth?
Science, fetishism, truth, and privilege
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ISBN: 9780521585484
ISBN-10: 0521585481
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 25th May 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.4