By Julia Belluz - Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 0 Comments
This is part one in a series adapted from the 2012 Hancock Lecture, “Who Live and Who Dies, Will Social Media Decide?” recently delivered at the University of Toronto by Julia Belluz. This installment looks at health-care reform in the U.S. and its intersection with social media. Read parts two, three and four.
Arijit Guha is a 31-year-old PhD student at Arizona State University. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and earned his undergraduate degree at an elite liberal arts school in Minnesota. In 2005, while working at an academic journal in the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, he met his wife. A few years later, they decided to follow his thesis advisor out to Arizona State for graduate studies in Urban Ecology and sustainability.
Fast forward to December 2010: Guha and his wife took a trip to India. There, he experienced a bout of intense abdominal pain. But even after he returned to the U.S. the following January, the pain didn’t go away.