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Tackling AIDS in Lesotho


The pied pipers of medical anthropology
Howard Hiatt Physician
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Paul and Jim are not only superb doctors and very, very capable anthropologists. Paul has been described to me by several anthropologists as the person who has redefined medical anthropology as a science. They are also pied pipers. They attract the most extraordinary group of young people. As many as 20% of the first year class at Harvard Medical School seek to do volunteer work with them, and what's even more important, is that many of these people want to pattern their careers after those that they see in Paul and Jim's lives. I think that's particularly important because while there have been, and are of course, many, many doctors and others in history and at the present time, who do wonderful things for impoverished people, who do wonderful things in third world settings, I think the way in which young people are flocking to work with Paul and Jim suggests to me that a movement may be underway. And what a movement that will be. Note I say 'that will be', because I'm confident that it will be.

Born in 1925, American Howard Hiatt set up one of the first medical oncology research and training units in the US and has headed up some of America's most prestigious medical institutions. Hiatt attended Harvard College and received his MD from the Harvard Medical School in 1948. He was a member of the team at the Pasteur Institute, Paris, that first identified and described mRNA, and he was among the first to demonstrate mRNA in mammalian cells. From 1991 to 1997, he was Secretary of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where he began and directs the Academy's Initiatives For Children program. He is also committed to helping disadvantaged people access decent health care.

Listeners: Milton C. Weinstein

Milton C. Weinstein, Ph.D., is the Henry J. Kaiser Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. At the Harvard School of Public Health he is Academic Director of the Program in Health Decision Science, and Director of the Program on Economic Evaluation of Medical Technology . He is best known for his research on cost-effectiveness of medical practices and for developing methods of economic evaluation and decision analysis in health care. He is a co-developer of the CEPAC (Cost-Effectiveness of Preventing AIDS Complications) computer simulation model, and has conducted studies on prevention and treatment of HIV infections. He is the co-developer of the Coronary Heart Disease Policy Model, which has been used to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of cardiovascular prevention and treatment. He is an author of four books: Decision Making in Health and Medicine: Integrating Evidence and Values; Cost-Effectiveness in Health and Medicine,the report of the Panel of Cost Effectiveness in Health and Medicine; Clinical Decision Analysis; and Hypertension: A Policy Perspective.He has also published more than 200 papers in peer-reviewed medical, public health, and economics journals. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Award for Career Achievement from the Society for Medical Decision Making. Dr. Weinstein received his A.B. and A.M. in Applied Mathematics (1970), his M.P.P. (1972), and his Ph.D. in Public Policy (1973) from Harvard University.

Tags: Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim

Duration: 1 minute, 46 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2006

Date story went live: 24 January 2008