New Book—“Healthcare without Borders: Understanding Cuban Medical Internationalism”

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University Press of Florida has just published John M. Kirk’s Healthcare without Borders: Understanding Cuban Medical Internationalism (October 2015). This volume offers a well-researched assessment of Cuba’s medical policies and practices at the national and global levels. Noam Chomsky (author of Manufacturing Consent and Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at MIT) writes, “Kirk’s invaluable study reveals to us, for the first time, the range and character of Cuba’s remarkable achievements, which should be an inspiration and a model for those with far greater advantages.”

Description: Cuba has more medical personnel serving abroad–over 50,000 in 66 countries–than all of the G-7 countries combined, and also more than the World Health Organization. For over five decades, the island nation has been a leading force in the developing world, providing humanitarian aid (or “cooperation,” as Cuba’s government prefers) and initiating programs for preventative care and medical training.

In Healthcare without Borders, John Kirk examines the role of Cuban medical teams in disaster relief, biotechnology joint ventures, and in the Latin American School of Medicine–the largest medical faculty in the world. He looks at their responses to various crises worldwide, including the 1960 earthquake in Chile, the Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine, the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the subsequent cholera outbreak, and the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Kirk issues an informative and enlightening corrective for what he describes as the tendency of the industrialized world’s media to ignore or underreport this medical aid phenomenon. In the process, Kirk explores the philosophical underpinnings of human rights and access to medical care at the core of Cuba’s medical internationalism programs and partnerships.

John M. Kirk is professor of Spanish and Latin American studies at Dalhousie University. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including Canada-Cuba Relations: The Other Good Neighbor Policy, Medical Internationalism: Origins, Evolution and Goals, and Culture and the Cuban Revolution.

For more information, see http://upf.com/book.asp?id=KIRKX007

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