Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 163–165 | Cite as

Development and Public Health in the Himalaya: Reflections on Healing in Contemporary Nepal

Ian Harper, 2014, Routledge (Abingdon, Oxon, 978-0-415-65998-7, 164 pp.)
  • Paul H. MasonEmail author
Book Review

I often muse that had Charles Darwin travelled by aeroplane, he would never have conceived the theory of evolution as he did. Travelling by boat and stopping at successive ports for substantial periods of time allowed Darwin the opportunity to observe and analyse the incremental changes from location to location. In the introduction of Development and Public Health in the Himalaya, medical anthropologist Ian Harper muses that, today, travel by plane for brief overseas stays brings the stark contrasts of the ostensibly orderly West in strident juxtaposition with the seemingly chaotic East. Within the first few pages, Harper leads his reader to the question: is the fleeting appearance of disorder in developing countries a significant driver of the international development industry? It’s a compelling question that captures some of the core shortcomings of contemporary foreign aid and frames some of the central issues that Ian Harper deals with in writing about public health and...


  1. Harper, I. 2014. Development and public health in the Himalaya: Reflections on healing in contemporary Nepal. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Woolcock Institute of Medical ResearchUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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