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Preface; Against the Garden Path that Justifies Health Inequity: Making the Case for Health Care as a Human Right; Sewing the Seeds of Health as a Right: The Origins of Health Care in Cuba; Growing Alternatives through Foreign Policy: Foreign Policy & Perspectives on International Health; The New Doctor Blooms: The Ethics of Medical Education; The Blossom of Cooperation: Cuban Medical Internationalism through ELAM in Ecuador; The Fruit of Solidarity: How to Maintain Hope for Global Health; References; Index.
Robert Huish is an assistant professor at Dalhousie University in the Department of International Development Studies. He has published widely on how development strategies, notably through health care and sport education programs in Cuba, have worked to transform conditions of poverty and sub-development throughout the global South. He teaches courses on global health, poverty and human rights, and pedagogies of activism for development.
This excellent book gives us an immediate view and understanding of Cuba's commitment to and participation in medical internationalism. This small country has thousands of doctors around the world committed to the provision of health care. Its School of Latin American Medicine, opened in 1999, has taught medicine tuition-free to students from over 116 countries and graduated more than 12,000. Today, most of those graduates are back in their home countries working with the poor, often in areas that had seldom seen doctors. This is an endeavor, in short, from which even the U.S. might learn from Cuba's example.''--Wayne S. Smith Robert Huish's Where No Doctor Has Gone Before: Cuba's Place in the Global Health Landscape is a powerful broadside against the enormous international inequities in access to health care, not just ignored but furthered by wealthy countries.... It is an astonishing idea that a country with the population of Ontario and an economy less than one sixth of Ontario's should provide such an outsized share of all international medical aid. The idea gets as little attention as it does largely because of the influence of the Cuban exile community in the swing state of Florida, and the consequent debt of all recent American presidents, hawks and doves, to the Florida voter. Hence the never-ending embargo.... [T]he central point of this fine work is crucially important: in a time of unprecedented disparity in global health outcomes, and while the International Monetary Fund insists on curtailing public health spending as one of the first steps in its oft-prescribed austerity measures, it is in the interest of countries that can help to help. The people who see this the clearest, are inevitably, the ones who are closest to that place of needing help. As it is with countries, so it is with individuals.''--Kevin Patterson "Literary Review of Canada, June 2013 "