“A nuanced account. Medicine in the Meantime will greatly enrich anthropological conversations on health, transnational governmentality, and the state. It will likely find a wide audience both within and beyond medical anthropology.” — China Scherz, Medical Anthropology Quarterly
"Medicine in the Meantime brings much-needed theoretical attention to the diverse relational, political and historical basis of contemporary humanitarian action, demonstrating superb ethnography, and for that reason is a valuable, highly recommended contribution to the field of medical aid." — Britt Halvorson, Somatosphere
"Medicine in the Meantime provides personalized insights into how individuals slip between the various subject positions elicited by transnational governance, exploiting moments of multiplicity while decrying the limitations of care such international aid provides." — Emma Louise Backe, Anthropology Book Forum
"Built on rich ethnographic materials collected over several years in two healthcare facilities in Mozambique, Medicine in the Meantime provides an in-depth view of the entanglements among NGO workers, expatriates, community volunteers and patients that affect health care for people with chronic conditions . . . Scholars of transnational health and development can learn much from the book’s nuanced insights about how medical multiplicity affects health and wellbeing in Mozambique and more broadly, sub-Saharan Africa." — Amy S. Patterson, Journal of Modern African Studies
"The attention to hunger, the politics of the belly, and the delicate work of allocation all make this book a unique contribution to rethinking how past experiences of care and entitlement shape how individuals experience care in the present."
— Marissa Mika, Somatosphere
"Medicine in the Meantime is a major contribution to critical studies of global health. With its careful tracing of the work of care and the politics of multiplicity, it stands as a milestone in scholarship on health care in contemporary Africa. Ramah McKay elegantly combines powerful, close-up descriptions of the dilemmas and concerns of care workers on the ground with broader theoretical discussions of the entanglements of transnational and national health services." — Susan Reynolds Whyte, editor of Second Chances: Surviving AIDS in Uganda
"With meticulous sympathy and an eye for detail, Ramah McKay examines new entanglements of humanitarian sentiment and public institutions in Mozambique. Medicine in the Meantime reveals how care refracts through a prism of varied perspectives, ranging from nostalgic former refugees to harried professional counselors. Anyone who wants to understand what global health looks like in experience—beyond abstract metrics of lives and numbers—should read this book." — Peter Redfield, author of Life in Crisis: The Ethical Journey of Doctors without Borders