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No More to Spend: Neglect and the Construction of Scarcity in Malawi's History of Health Care

Luke Messac

Abstract

This book is a political history of medicine in colonial and postcolonial Malawi and, in a larger sense, an exploration of the social construction of scarcity. In much of the historical and public health literature on Africa, dismal public-sector health-care spending is considered a necessary consequence of a low GDP. But is it true that poor patients in poor countries are doomed to go without the fruits of modern medicine? The history of Malawi demonstrates how official neglect of health care required political, rhetorical, and even martial campaigns by colonial and postcolonial governments. ... More

Keywords: history of medicine, Nyasaland, Malawi, global health, health-care spending

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190066192
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190066192.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Luke Messac, author
Resident in Emergency Medicine, Brown University