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Public Health and Private Wealth: Stem Cells, Surrogates, and Other Strategic Bodies

Sarah Hodges and Mohan Rao


Poverty was the predominant paradigm within which science policy was constructed in the late colonial, nationalist, and post-independence eras of India. Whether as critics of its poverty or as architects of measures for its poverty eradication, India’s commentators called on a broad framework of ‘science’ to both diagnose and treat poverty. Yet, when we think of science in India today, this earlier priority of poverty eradication is hard to find. Poverty eradication as a goal in itself seems to have fallen off India’s scientific agenda. What accounts for this? Has the problem of poverty in Ind ... More

Keywords: poverty, science, technology, medicine, India, economic growth

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199463374
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463374.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Hodges, editor
Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Warwick

Mohan Rao, editor
Professor, the Centre of Social Medicine, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi

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2 Tubercular Optics

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