Public Medicine

Healthcare in the age of inequality

Healthcare in the age of inequality


I had just begun my year of social service when I met a patient I will never forget. Let’s call her María. She was around 50 years old and was attending a follow-up for abdominal pain and abnormal uterine bleeding. The results of her colposcopy strongly suggested cervical cancer and an ultrasound showed multiple hepatic […]
Family planning projects: unpacking the spectacle of women’s empowerment in Uttar Pradesh, India

Family planning projects: unpacking the spectacle of women’s empowerment in Uttar Pradesh, India


Introduction Contraceptives are considered ‘the greatest life-saving, poverty ending, women-empowering innovation ever created’ (Gates 2019, 18). ‘Family planners’ – the global constellation of bilateral and multilateral entities, governments, philanthropies, research bodies, and NGOs working in the field of family planning – rationalize investment and intervention into ‘excessive’ fertility along two lines: namely, reductions in unintended […]
Democracy, power, knowledge, and health: questions for the future of social medicine

Democracy, power, knowledge, and health: questions for the future of social medicine


This essay aims to explore possibilities and challenges for the future of Social Medicine.[1] It is inspired by empirical ethnographic research, as part of a PhD in Collective Health, in a Brazilian public maternity hospital, which does not escape the contradictions of being part of a universal health system immersed in a context of deep […]
Social medicine as a state of exception: rethinking responsibility and public medicine through mutual aid events in Japan

Social medicine as a state of exception: rethinking responsibility and public medicine through mutual aid events in Japan


If you fall into a pit, you can climb out, but once you slip from a sheer cliff,                   you cannot step firmly into a new life again Tokyo Ueno Station, Yu Miri Ghostly matters in Sugamo Since its establishment by the US occupying forces in the aftermath of the Second World War, Sugamo Prison […]