Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders

Humanitarian Quests, Impossible Dreams of Médecins Sans Frontières

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Fox present the results of 20 years of ethnographic research on Mdecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The first chapter presents interviews with MSF staff, giving an emotional picture of the organization. Then, several chapters outline the history of the organization and one focuses on self-scrutiny and internal debate. The second half of the book discusses particular struggles faced by MSF in addressing HIV/AIDS in postapartheid South Africa and tuberculosis in Siberia, drawing homologies between the two situations in terms of extended humanitarian involvement, high mortality infection, and drug resistance. The coda summarizes the successes and challenges of MSF, and its directions for the future. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Johns Hopkins University Press

Pioneering medical sociologist Renée C. Fox spent nearly twenty years conducting extensive ethnographic research within Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), a private international medical humanitarian organization that was created in 1971 and awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1999. Drawing on unprecedented access to MSF staff meetings, doctors, and field workers, Fox weaves a rich tapestry of the MSF experience with emerging and reemerging infectious diseases. Including vivid photographs of MSF operations, Doctors Without Borders explores the organization’s founding principles, distinctive culture, and inner struggles to realize more fully its "without borders" transnational vision.

Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c2014
ISBN: 9781421413549
Branch Call Number: 362.10425 FOX
Characteristics: 316 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.


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