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After graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Vaia Sigounas trained as a surgeon and became increasingly aware of the limitations and possibilities of biomedicine. She came back to UNC to get a PhD in medical anthropology because she wanted to “understand how the social can save us, or doom us, in ways biomedicine cannot.”

Sigounas now studies the development, distribution and use of prosthetic legs by people who have lost their limbs in Uganda.

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