Structural Violence and Clinical Medicine

Please read the article by Paul Farmer, Bruce Nizeye, Sara Stulac, and Salmaan Keshavjee. While the first article in this module reviews numerous ways in which social class can impact health (positively or negatively), this piece by Farmer and colleagues turns to the critical question about the relationship of poverty and disease, by framing the ways that poverty causes disease and illness as a form of violence. Furthermore, they explore the role of clinical practitioners with respect to mitigating the health consequences of poverty.