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From the Publisher“This is an important and much-needed book. Cuba, a small island of 11 million souls, has some 36,000 medical personnel providing assistance to other countries, many of them too poor to pay for the service. It also has the largest medical school in the world with an enrollment of over 8,000 students from Third World countries. Their only commitment when they graduate is that they returban to their home countries and provide medical services to those who can least afford it. In sum, Cuba is credited with saving more lives in the developing countries than all the G-8 countries together. How has it done this? Erisman and Kirk begin to tell us how.”—Wayne S. Smith, Senior Fellow and Director of the Cuba Program at the Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C.
“John Kirk and Michael Erisman have produced a path-breaking study that has no equal in elaborating the extent and significance of Cuba’s international medical programs. These are a key aspect of Cuba’s foreign policy, as the authors deftly demonstrate by relating medical internationalism to Cuba's political goals and relations with the Third World.”—Philip Brenner, Professor of International Relations, American University; co-author of Sad and Luminous Days: Cuba's Struggle with the Superpowers after the Missile Crisis.