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Affliction: Health, Disease, Poverty

Veena Das


This book inaugurates a novel way of understanding the trajectories of health and disease in the context of poverty. Focusing on low-income neighborhoods in Delhi, it stitches together three different sets of issues. First, it examines the different trajectories of illness: What are the circumstances under which illness is absorbed within the normal and when does it exceed the normal. A second set of issues involves how different healers understand their own practices. The book asks: What is expert knowledge? What is it that the health practitioner knows and what does the patient know? How are ... More

Keywords: poverty, health trajectories, disease trajectories, Delhi, illness, patient, surveillance, health practitioner, expert knowledge, disease prevalence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780823261802
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823261802.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Veena Das, author
Johns Hopkins University