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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 mvoements, and global politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813561219
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 07/11/2013
Series: Rutgers Series in Critical Issues in Health and Medicine
Edition description: None ed.
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

List of Figures Foreword Acknowledgments

Part I
1. Introduction: Health Comrades, Abroad and at Home
2. The Making of Health Internationalists

Part II
3. The Perils of Unconstrained Enthusiasm
4. American Medical Support for Spanish Democracy, 1936–1938
5. Medical McCarthyism and the Punishment of Internationalist Physicians in the United States

Part III
6. Contesting Racism and Innovating Community Health Centers
7. Barefoot in China, the Bronx, and Beyond
8. Medical Internationalism and the “Last Epidemic”

Part IV
9. Social Medicine, at Home and Abroad
10. Find the Best People and Support Them
11. Cooperantes, Solidarity, and the Fight for Health in Mozambique
12. From Harlem to Harare

Part V
13. Brigadistas and Revolutionaries
14. Health and Human Rights in Latin America, and Beyond
15. History, Theory, and Praxis in Pacific Islands Health
16. Doctors for Global Health
17. Doctors Across Blockades

Part VI
18. Across the Generations

Notes on Contributors Index

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