Studying tuberculosis in India, I saw the problem with cures | Curio
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Studying tuberculosis in India, I saw the problem with cures

12 mins | Jul 13, 2022
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Sometimes we are cured, often we are just changed forever. A cure is supposed to be a resolution to an illness. However, life is often not that simple and rather than restoring the body, completing treatment can seem more like exchanging one set of symptoms for another. After a decade of tuberculosis research, medical anthropologist Bharat Jayram Venkat questions the effectiveness of gruelling treatments and discusses the social, political and biological forces that shape illness and healing.