Science in Society
English (United States)
Medicine is an appealing framework to apply to humanitarian crises. Surgeries and medications provide immediacy and scientific legitimacy, while the prospect of "saving lives" offers moral clarity. Through case studies focusing on particular biomedical interventions, HIV/AIDS in Uganda, the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, I argue that in practice the seemingly unobjectionable biomedical model (exemplified by Doctors Without Borders) is often an inadequate solution to larger social, political, or infrastructural deficits.
McCallion, Paul Andrew, "Doctors Without Answers: Limits, Challenges, and Dilemmas of Humanitarian (Bio)medicine, and Doctors Without Borders" (2015). Honors Theses - All. 1391.
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