History India South Asia · History of Medicine · Recommended movies, books etc. · Uncategorized

Notes on the history of Ayurveda – 3: Ideas of infection and contagion in the past

[In this series I attempt to inform readers of the wonderful scholarship that exists on the history of Ayurveda, which is one among several of the premodern medical traditions of South Asia. See here and here for the previous articles.] The book ‘Contagion: Perspectives from Pre-modern Societies‘ (2000) is a great introduction to how people… Continue reading Notes on the history of Ayurveda – 3: Ideas of infection and contagion in the past

Medicine & Doctors · Public health · Uncategorized

Cochrane and the challenges of producing trustworthy evidence in medicine

This was published in the Wire on 18 Nov 2018. Here is the link, and below is an excerpt: “In 1972, a British doctor Archibald Cochrane wrote a book titled Effectiveness and Efficiency: Random Reflections on Health Services. It had a great influence on ideas about decision-making in medicine and public health. Archibald was concerned with… Continue reading Cochrane and the challenges of producing trustworthy evidence in medicine

Culture & Life · Public health · Uncategorized

The ‘missing women’ of India

Amartya Sen introduced the term ‘missing women’, in the early 1990s, as a highly effective way of talking about the impact of gender discrimination in societies. This work is perhaps the finest example of Sen’s unique style of blending hard economics with ethics, social sensibilities, and humanitarianism, as well as advocating for social equality and… Continue reading The ‘missing women’ of India