Heart for the Work Journeys Through an African Medical School

ISBN-10: 0226893278

ISBN-13: 9780226893273

Edition: 2010

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Burnout is common among doctors in the West, so one might assume that a medical career in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world, would place far greater strain on the idealism that drives many doctors. But, asA Heart for the Workmakes clear, Malawian medical students learn to confront poverty creatively, experiencing fatigue and frustration but also joy and commitment on their way to becoming physicians. The first ethnography of medical training in the global South, Claire L. Wendland's book is a moving and perceptive look at medicine in a world where the transnational movement of people and ideas creates both devastation and possibility. Wendland, a physician anthropologist, conducted extensive interviews and worked in wards, clinics, and operating theaters alongside the student doctors whose stories she relates. From the relative calm of Malawi's College of Medicine to the turbulence of training at hospitals with gravely ill patients and dramatically inadequate supplies, staff, and technology, Wendland's work reveals the way these young doctors engage the contradictions of their circumstances, shedding new light on debates about the effects of medical training, the impact of traditional healing, and the purposes of medicine.
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Prologue: Arrival Stories
Introduction: Moral Order and Medical Science
All Part of the Same Big Mess: Mkume Lifa
Medicine and Healing in a Postcolonial State
Serving Our Nation: Joe Phoya
In the District: Evelyn Kazembe
Paths to Medicine
Welcome to the College of Medicine
Seeing Deeply and Seeing Through in the Basic Science Years
Welcome to Queens
The Word Made Flesh: Hospital Experience and the Clinical Crisis
Complications: Johnson Chisale
On the Ward: Enelesi Nyirenda
Resource is a Verb: Realities and Responses
Someone Else in This World: Duncan Kasinja
As Human as Everybody Else: Zaithwa Mthindi
Doctors for the People: Theory and Practice
Epilogue: Departure
Technical Appendix: Research Methods
Notes
Glossary
References
Index
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