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When People Come FirstCritical Studies in Global Health$
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João Biehl and Adriana Petryna

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691157382

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691157382.001.0001

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Evidence-Based Global Public Health

Evidence-Based Global Public Health

Subjects, Profits, Erasures

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(p.54) 2 Evidence-Based Global Public Health
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When People Come First
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Vincanne Adams

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691157382.003.0004

This chapter examines the impact of “evidence-based medicine” (EBM) on global public health. An epistemic transformation in the field of global health is underway, and it argues that the impact of EBM has been twofold: (1) the creation of an experimental metric as a means of providing health care; and (2) a shift in the priorities of caregiving practices in public health such that “people [no longer] come first.” The production of experimental research populations in and through EBM helps constitute larger fiscal transformations in how we do global health. Notably, EBM has created a platform for the buying and selling of truth and reliability, abstracting clinical caregiving from the social relationships on which they depend.

Keywords:   global health, evidence-based medicine, public health, experimental research

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