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Malaria in Bhutan

Implications of India’s Skewed Sex Ratio and Other Aspects of Assisted Reproduction


On Oct 6, 2014, I gave a lecture to my 4th year International Health Theory class about the “missing girls of India”, the millions of unborn Indian girls removed from the projected population through generations of sex selective abortion. My talk was based on the landmark paper by Prabhat Jha titled, “Trends in selective abortions of girls in India: analysis of nationally representative birth histories from 1990 to 2005 and census data from 1991 to 2011“, which was published in The Lancet in 2011. A PDF of my slides can be found here.

The Bowling Was Superfine

Greetings from New Delhi, India, where I am recovering from a migraine (probably caused by the ill-advised mixing of vodka and fake mango juice) and from a day-long trip to Agra.  Long day of work awaits.  Sigh.

In the mean time, I’ve just been informed that one of my old short stories, “King Rice”, which was ostensibly about a cricket match in Guyana, but intended to be about subtle manifestations of the legacy of imperialism, was reproduced in an academic anthology called, “The Bowling Was Superfine” last year February.   A review of the book is here, from an ESPN website.

It’s sort of surprising when my works, in their entirety, pop up in other people’s books.  I don’t recall signing any release forms, but that means nothing –I sign a lot of stuff I forget about, specifically when it pertains to the further exposure of my work.  What I care most about is that my stuff gets out there, unaltered, and that may name remains attached to it. Mind you, I would have liked to have been informed when the book was released!

Anyway, back to work.  I leave you with this, a tree I saw at the Taj Mahal complex.  Exactly how does a tree get a name like “fistula”. I don’t want to know how it was used.  Ewww.

fistula tree

Travelling Well: Essays in Medical Tourism


Labonté, R., Runnels, V., Packer, C. and Deonandan, R. (eds.) (2013). Travelling well: Essays in medical tourism. Transdisciplinary Studies in Population Health Series, Vol. 4 Issue 1. Ottawa: Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa.


Our latest (non-fiction, academic) book has just been published and is being offered free of charge as an ebook at this URL.  (It’s a large PDF file).

Here’s the first paragraph of the introductory chapter:

The opening years of the 21st century have been characterized by a variety of technological, social, political and economic factors that have seen the disintegration of the meaning and importance of international borders. From the power of the Internet to link disparate populations, to the consolidation of blocs of politically intertwined nations such as the European Union (EU), and the rise of affordable international travel, forces have been combining to bring about a globalized world economy that was only theorized in decades past. An obvious facet of this new globalization is the permeability of borders to the movement of consumers seeking a variety of medical services, and providers willing to accommodate, if not also profit, from this demand.

My chapter is titled, “An Introduction to the Ethical Dimensions of Reproductive Medical Tourism“.  Happy reading!



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