Frantz Fanon's Manifestos

The unprecedented response to the AIDS epidemic is often viewed as the inaugural moment of the young field of global health. But “it is an error to assign a single disease as its point of origin,” writes Richard Horton—doing so obscures the power dynamics that underlie inequities in health that the field addresses.

Understanding the true origins of global health requires a more expansive view, starting with decolonization in the 1950s, and the crucial, unsung work of psychiatrist and activist Frantz Fanon. In what Horton describes as the first manifestos of global health, Fanon “described the way medicine was co-opted as a tool for colonial control.”

The Lancet (Opinion)

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