New Book: Comrades in Health

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

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.

Praise quotes:
“Everybody who cares about health and social justice, internationally
and in the U.S., should read this book!”
–Amy Goodman host of Democracy Now! and 2008 winner Right Livelihood Award

“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.”
–Dr. David Himmelstein and Dr. Steffie Woolhandler cofounders,
Physicians for a National Health Program

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

Anne-Emanuelle Birn, MA ScD
Professor and Canada Research Chair in International Health (2003-2013)
and Interim Director, Collaborative Doctoral Program in Global Health, University of Toronto

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