Ronald E. Pust

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Should the indications for therapies differ from one nation to the next? What are the reasons behind controversial therapeutic variations? What roles do cultural history and authoritarian confl ict among clinicians play in the adoption of therapies? When I worked at a rural hospital in Kenya, a woman experiencing obstructed labor made me ponder many questions-but only after our emergency ended in the death of her newborn son. In recounting and learning from this episode, I listened to the disparate Kenyan voices of the patient, the hospital's director, the consultant obstetrician, and to the even more controversial voices of evidence-based medicine. In refl ecting on this process, I have learned at least 3 lessons-about the transmissibility of arrogance, the role of guests in other countries, and the nature of science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-78
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of family medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012


  • Africa
  • Attitude
  • Culture
  • Dystocia
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Global health
  • Obstetrics
  • Social psychology
  • Standard of care
  • Symphysiotomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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