Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice

Rupa Marya and Raj Patel dissect ‘colonial’ healthcare and focus on societal repair

Rupa Marya and Raj Patel analyse the workings of bodily systems and interrogate how they have been disrupted by our modern constructs of capitalism, colonialism, extractivism and individualism.

Rupa Marya and Raj Patel analyse the workings of bodily systems and interrogate how they have been disrupted by our modern constructs of capitalism, colonialism, extractivism and individualism.

“Your body is inflamed,” write the authors of this compelling book on the social and environmental roots of poor health. “Your body,” they say, “is part of a society inflamed.”

Bodily inflammation manifests as “uncontrolled weight gain or unexpected weight loss, skin rashes, difficulty with memory, fever, trouble breathing and chest pain.” Society’s inflammation comes in the form of the “combustible injustices of systemic racism and global capitalism”; in forest fires and killer heatwaves; in rising oceans and violent storms.

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