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Whose suffering matters less and why? | Sriram Shamasunder | TEDxBerkeley

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Published on Feb 19, 2016

Living 6 months out of the year in Burundi and India treating patients, poet and doctor Sriram Shamasunder came back emboldened by his patients’ stories. But these stories gave rise to an internal storm of conflict: How could he advocate on behalf of the voiceless without becoming their voice? How could he bring their stories to life without making himself the protagonist—the doctor doing charitably, rather than the doctor doing justly? In this talk on narrative equity, Dr. Sriram Shamasunder challenges us to restructure the way we view social justice.

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Dr. Sriram Shamasunder, a poet and Academic Hospitalist at UCSF, has spent the better part of the last 10 years working in Burundi, Haiti, Rwanda and India. He is interested in health equity and narrative equity, working towards a world where lives are of equal value both the health care we deliver and the stories we highlight.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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