Health in Ruins

Health in Ruins

The Capitalist Destruction of Medical Care at a Colombian Maternity Hospital

  • Author: Abadía-Barrero, César Ernesto
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Serie: Experimental Futures
  • ISBN: 9781478016298
  • eISBN Pdf: 9781478023562
  • Place of publication:  Durham , United States
  • Year of digital publication: 2022
  • Month: September
  • Pages: 311
  • Language: English
In Health in Ruins César Ernesto Abadía-Barrero chronicles the story of El Materno—Colombia’s oldest maternity and neonatal health center and teaching hospital—over several decades as it faced constant threats of government shutdown. Using team-based and collaborative ethnography to analyze the social life of neoliberal health policy, Abadía-Barrero details the everyday dynamics around teaching, learning, and working in health care before, during, and after privatization. He argues that health care privatization is not only about defunding public hospitals; it also ruins rich traditions of medical care by denying or destroying ways of practicing medicine that challenge Western medicine. Despite radical cuts in funding and a corrupt and malfunctioning privatized system, El Materno’s professors, staff, and students continued to find ways to provide innovative, high-quality, and noncommodified health care. By tracking the violences, conflicts, hopes, and uncertainties that characterized the struggles to keep El Materno open, Abadía-Barrero demonstrates that any study of medical care needs to be embedded in larger political histories.
  • Cover
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Prologue
  • Timeline: People, Infrastructures, and Events
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. The National University Escuela
  • Chapter 2. Clinical Social Medicine
  • Chapter 3. Religion and Caring in a Medical Setting
  • Chapter 4. Hospital Budgets before and after Neoliberalism
  • Chapter 5. Violence and Resistance
  • Chapter 6. Remaining amid Destruction
  • Chapter 7. Learning and Practicing Medicinein a For-Profit System
  • Final Remarks: Medicine as Political Imagination
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index
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