The birth of povertyBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7354.51 (Published 06 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:51
- Rakesh Biswas, assistant professor, internal medicine (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Manipal Teaching Hospital, Pokhara, Nepal
Poverty was a young boy of 4 who met me in the streets of a busy city in India begging for money. I, nearly the same age, peered at him once and then took a guilty look at my ice cream. After that I learnt the trick of gulping ice creams without batting an eyelid while a million such children of an impoverished nation looked on, eyes gleaming with desire.
Many years have passed since then. In my medical career poverty has been a constant observer. In a country without an NHS, I have seen young people unable to afford a renal transplant dying in front of my eyes. Hospital policies in the premier institutes of India in which …