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Medicine Moves Forward and the Poor Step Back

In Chapter Six of his book Pathologies of Power, Paul Farmer emphasizes several crucial points about social inequality in regards to medicine. As the developed world continues growing and globalizing its markets, the expanding influence has effects that in response increases the social inequality of medical practice throughout the world. It seems ironic that as time goes on, our world witnesses improvements in the field of medicine, yet this creates worse outcomes for those whom are in need but are not able to be provided with available interventions. Science continues to develop, yet it does not seem to benefit the patients who are in dire need for it, and gives attention to those with plenty of resources and power.

Those stricken with poverty are more willing to resort to violence when basic life essentials are not provided for them. The medicine of today can prevent many deaths in deprived regions, yet it is not accessible for them in the rates it should be. While it is important to learn what the poor themselves are doing to maintain a sense of well-being, their lack of quality resources indicates that international aid is greatly needed. The world has become so money greedy, that it has forgotten that all of mankind deserves the chance to live to its full potential. The disadvantaged are robbed of a good quality life, and the earlier medicine in allocated to the neediest, many issues in the world can be solved. There should be a change in the mindset of those in power who should commit to helping the needy rather than solely having self-interest and thinking of beneficial profits. Millions are stranded and left to live without basic healthcare facilities. How is this fair when providing the technological and medical advancements of today is possible?

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