Cuban Medical Internationalism: Origins, Evolution, and Goals

Cuban Medical Internationalism: Origins, Evolution, and Goals

by John M. Kirk, H. Michael Erisman
     
 

While public health is important for revolutionary Cuba, providing medical services to the developing world is also a priority: 38,000 medical staff are engaged abroad; the largest medical school in the world (ELAM) has an enrollment of over 8,000 students from the Third World; and since 2004 over 1.3 million in Latin America and the Caribbean have had their

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Overview

While public health is important for revolutionary Cuba, providing medical services to the developing world is also a priority: 38,000 medical staff are engaged abroad; the largest medical school in the world (ELAM) has an enrollment of over 8,000 students from the Third World; and since 2004 over 1.3 million in Latin America and the Caribbean have had their eyesight restored. How has this small nation of 11.3 million people managed to save more lives in the developing world than all of the G-8 countries together? And what are its motives? This book, the result of four years of research in Cuba, provides an updated analysis of this extraordinary record.

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“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 return 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403983725
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
06/09/2009
Series:
Studies of the Americas Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

H. Michael Erisman is Professor of Political Science at Indiana State University. He is the author of Cuba’s International Relations: The Anatomy of a Nationalistic Foreign Policy (1985), South-South Relations in the Caribbean (1992), and Cuba’s Foreign Relations in a Post-Soviet World (2000). He co-edited (with John M. Kirk) Cuban Foreign Policy Confronts a New International Order (1991), and Redefining Cuban Foreign Policy: The Impact of the ‘Special Period’ (2006). He is a member of the editorial boards of the “Journal of Latin American Society and Politics” and “Cuban Studies.”

John M. Kirk is Professor of Latin American Studies at Dalhousie University in Canada. He is the author of José Martí: Mentor of the Cuban Nation (1985), and Between God and the Party: Religion and Politics in Revolutionary Cuba (1989). He is the co-author of Sesenta años de relaciones bilaterales: Cuba y Canadá (2007), and the co-editor of Cuba: Twenty-Five Years of Revolution: 1959-1984 (1985), Culture and the Cuban Revolution: Conversations in Havana (2001), A Contemporary Cuba Reader: Reinventing the Revolution (2008), and Competing Voices from Revolutionary Cuba (forthcoming). He is a member of the editorial boards of the journal of the International Institute for the Study of Cuba, and “Cuban Studies”. He is also the editor of the “Contemporary Cuba” series with the University Press of Florida.

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