Vikram Patel

Patel is the Pershing Square Professor of Global Health at Harvard Medical School and is affiliated with the Public Health Foundation of India and Sangath

Articles By Vikram Patel

Acts of love and caring are the most potent influences on our well-being

As we mature into adulthood and older age, it is our social relationships, not the number but their quality, which will determine how long we live and the quality of these years of life.

A dose of hope

The discovery of the placebo response to these common surgical procedures adds to the mountain of evidence that hope is a major driver of recovery in response to many medical procedures. Hope is not, as it were, all in our minds. Thanks to novel neuro-imaging technologies.

The right to mental health

A new report shows how rising mental ill health is causing mounting disabilities, early deaths and fuelling cycles of poverty.

Starvation deaths in 2018

Stunting due to hunger also holds back the prospects of an entire generation.

When science masks hate

The medical legitimisation of prejudice was a major contributor to the stigma against homosexuality.

Compromising positions: Time to reclaim sexuality from the self-appointed guardians of morality

We should celebrate that young people are choosing to get married later in life, but reject the notion that this delay has any bearing on when consenting adults choose to engage in romance or sex.

Why they die young

Oppressive social norms are behind rising suicides among the youth.

Our best investment

To improve educational outcomes, policy must address deprivations in early years of children’s lives.

Time for reflection, fellow doctors

The medical sector needs to think about why it is seen in poor light — by patients and government.

An inconvenient truth

India is one of the most unequal countries in the world — the richest 1 per cent own 60 per cent of its wealth

Dana Majhi’s India

It has not harnessed its economic success to secure better health for its citizens

The terror on our roads

We need to ask why India is one of the most harrowing places in the world to be a pedestrian, driver or passenger.

A cop-out called prohibition

It is a poor policy option. Alcohol abuse is a public health, not moral, problem.

An anaemic prescription

Budget 2016 is disappointing for India’s health. It will not cut the burden of catastrophic out-of-pocket expenditure.

Cure the doctor

Healthcare in India is a leading cause of poverty. The medical profession must own its share of the blame

A State Of Mind

Decades of mismanagement have hobbled India’s mental health programme