The Republic Of Therapy Tells The Story Of The Global Response To The HIV Epidemic From The Perspective Of Community Organizers, Activists, And People Living With HIV In West Africa Drawing On His Experiences As A Physician And Anthropologist In Burkina Faso And C Te D Ivoire, Vinh Kim Nguyen Focuses On The Period Between 1994, When Effective Antiretroviral Treatments For HIV Were Discovered, And 2000, When The Global Health Community Acknowledged A Right To Treatment, Making The Drugs Available During The Intervening Years, When Antiretrovirals Were Scarce In Africa, Triage Decisions Were Made Determining Who Would Receive Lifesaving Treatment Nguyen Explains How Those Decisions Altered Social Relations In West Africa In 1994, Anxious To Break The Silence And Put A Face To The Epidemic, International Agencies Unwittingly Created A Market In Which Stories About Being HIV Positive Could Be Bartered For Access To Limited Medical Resources Being Able To Talk About Oneself Became A Matter Of Life Or Death Tracing The Cultural And Political Logic Of Triage Back To Colonial Classification Systems, Nguyen Shows How It Persists In Contemporary Attempts To Design, Fund, And Implement Mass Treatment Programs In The Developing World He Argues That As An Enactment Of Decisions About Who May Live, Triage Constitutes A Partial, Mobile Form Of Sovereignty What Might Be Called Therapeutic Sovereignty.
Vinh Kim Nguyen is a practicing HIV and emergency physician in Montr al, an associate professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine at the Universit de Montr al, and the author, with Margaret Lock, of An Anthropology of Biomedicine.
- 256 pages
- The Republic of Therapy
- Vinh-Kim Nguyen
- 26 March 2019 Vinh-Kim Nguyen