Everest and Exploitation

This year marked the most horrific mass disaster on Everest since 1996, when eight people died in a single blizzard. In this case, 16 Sherpas died in an avalanche, generating headlines around the world and an open discussion of the exploitation of Nepalese guides on the mountain — though it’s a subject that people have […]

Exploitation on Vacation

On of my favourite scenes in Hugh Lofting’s Doctor Dolittle books, a series by no means necessarily socially progressive or always right-on, is one in which the doctor’s sister catches him in one of the unsavoury parts of London while she’s out slumming. There’s a great moment between the two where the doctor’s wearing filthy […]

Medical Credit: Preying on the Vulnerable and Uninformed

The medical credit industry in the United States is booming, with a variety of programs offering financing for emergency, routine, and elective procedures. In some cases, clinics actively partner with these programs to offer in-house financing to patients, promising to take care of payment arrangements and administration as long as the patient signs along the […]