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Resource ID: #18245
Subject: Health
Source: American Prospect
Date: 30-Jul


The American Prospect looks at the everyday health-seeking practices in third-world countries. "If there is one thing AIDS has taught us, it is to be wary of interactions between medical technology and local sociocultural factors," points out the author, a PhD holder and resident physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The main findings are that poorly trained doctors in developing nations are prescribing aggressive and inappropriate medical treatments in order to comply with patients' expectations, and that many residents of third-world countries seek effective treatment for their illnesses only after repeatedly visiting untrained doctors.

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