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Comrades in Health: U.S. Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home
     

Comrades in Health: U.S. Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home

by Anne-Emanuelle Birn
 

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Since the early twentieth century, politically engaged and socially committed U.S. health professionals have worked in solidarity with progressive movements around the world. Often with roots in social medicine, political activism, and international socialism, these doctors, nurses, and other health workers became comrades who joined forces with people struggling for

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Since the early twentieth century, politically engaged and socially committed U.S. health professionals have worked in solidarity with progressive movements around the world. Often with roots in social medicine, political activism, and international socialism, these doctors, nurses, and other health workers became comrades who joined forces with people struggling for social justice, equity, and the right to health.

Anne-Emanuelle Birn and Theodore M. Brown bring together a group of professionals and activists whose lives have been dedicated to health internationalism. By presenting a combination of historical accounts and first-hand reflections, this collection of essays aims to draw attention to the longstanding international activities of the American health left and the lessons they brought home. The involvement of these progressive U.S. health professionals is presented against the background of foreign and domestic policy, social movements, and global politics.

Editorial Reviews

coauthor of Shattered Dreams? An Oral History of the South African AIDS Epidemic - Gerald M. Oppenheimer

"Comrades in Health is a pioneering effort, a major addition to the study of global public health, and a new perspective on U.S. domestic health policy."
David Himmelstein and Dr. Steffie Woolhandler
"This wonderful book offers a deeply reflective look at the motivations, ideology, and outcomes of this critical work, telling the stories of true heroes and heroines of American medicine and public health. It is must reading for anyone contemplating international health activism today."
cofounders, Physicians for a National Health Program - Dr. David Himmelstein and Dr. Steffie Woolhandler

"This wonderful book offers a deeply reflective look at the motivations, ideology, and outcomes of this critical work, telling the stories of true heroes and heroines of American medicine and public health. It is must reading for anyone contemplating international health activism today."
host of Democracy Now! and 2008 winner Right Livelihood Award - Amy Goodman

"Everybody who cares about health and social justice, internationally and in the U.S., should read this book!"
Choice

"Birn and Brown describe the history of international efforts to improve the health of vulnerable populations as an inherently sociopolitical, leftist, and often communist, endeavor. [The editors] create a coherent picture of the development of international health efforts...and will be an interesting read for more advanced students of public health and political science. Recommended."
Global Public Health

"The most haunting lesson in this fine book stems from its call for an ethic of social consciousness in health care work. In this view, the struggle of justice for all is integral to the improvement of individual health outcomes, and it is as fraught with uncertainty and unintended consequences as is the treatment of individual illness. Birn, Brown and their colleagues update an old social medicine lesson that makes this struggle, with its risks, penuries and triumphs, a core professional duty instead of merely a morally praiseworthy individual pursuit."
Nursing History Review

"a captivating journey through the political, economic, and social turmoil that embroiled global health care during the 20th century."
Lancet

"Perhaps the most interesting lesson in Comrades in Health is in showing how the very term socialised medicine came to be such an imagined existential threat to the US body politic."
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History

"Comrades in Health is important reading for those interested in the global debate surrounding the post-2015 global developmental agenda and future reform of the UN-centric humanitarian system required to address 21st-century human security and social justice."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813561226
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
07/02/2013
Series:
Critical Issues in Health and Medicine
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
350
File size:
9 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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