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Cute Colonialism

The cunningly colonialist way we talk about global health

Nearly two decades ago, I slid into the back row of the audience at a global health talk during the American Academy of Otolaryngology’s annual meeting. At the front, a well-respected, senior stateswoman in my field was recounting a trip she’d taken.

She’d been in Africa for a week—I’m redacting the country to maintain everyone’s anonymity—and the orange-on-brown Powerpoint slides behind her served as her trip report.

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Mark Shrime, MD, PhD

Mark Shrime, MD, PhD

Author, SOLVING FOR WHY | Global surgeon | Decision analyst | Climber | 3x American Ninja Warrior Competitor