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Comrades in Health
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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 movements, and global politics.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Figures
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Part I: Health Comrades in Context
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Chapter 1. Introduction: Health Comrades, Abroad and at Home
  2. pp. 3-14
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  1. Chapter 2. The Making of Health Internationalists
  2. pp. 15-42
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  1. Part II: Generation Born in the 1870s–1910s
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. Chapter 3. The Perils of Unconstrained Enthusiasm: John Kingsbury, Soviet Public Health, and 1930s America
  2. pp. 45-64
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  1. Chapter 4. American Medical Support for Spanish Democracy, 1936–­1938
  2. pp. 65-81
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  1. Chapter 5. Medical McCarthyism and the Punishment of Internationalist Physicians in the United States
  2. pp. 82-100
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  1. Part III: Generation Born in the 1920s–1930s
  2. pp. 101-102
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  1. Chapter 6. Contesting Racism and Innovating Community Health Centers: Approaches on Two Continents
  2. pp. 103-118
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  1. Chapter 7. Barefoot in China, the Bronx, and Beyond
  2. pp. 119-133
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  1. Chapter 8. Medical Internationalism and the “Last Epidemic”
  2. pp. 134-150
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  1. Part IV: Generation Born in the 1940s–1960s
  2. pp. 151-152
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  1. Chapter 9. Social Medicine, at Home and Abroad
  2. pp. 153-167
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  1. Chapter 10. Find the Best People and Support Them
  2. pp. 168-183
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  1. Chapter 11. Cooperantes, Solidarity, and the Fight for Health in Mozambique
  2. pp. 184-199
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  1. Chapter 12. From Harlem to Harare: Lessons in How Social Movements and Social Policy Change Health
  2. pp. 200-218
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  1. Part V: Generation Born in the 1960s–1970s
  2. pp. 219-220
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  1. Chapter 13. Brigadistas and Revolutionaries: Health and Social Justice in El Salvador
  2. pp. 221-237
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  1. Chapter 14. Health and Human Rights in Latin America, and Beyond: A Lawyer’s Experience with Public Health Internationalism
  2. pp. 238-253
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  1. Chapter 15. History, Theory, and Praxis in Pacific Islands Health
  2. pp. 254-267
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  1. Chapter 16. Doctors for Global Health: Applying Liberation Medicine and Accompanying Communities in Their Struggles for Health and Social Justice
  2. pp. 268-285
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  1. Chapter 17. Doctors Across Blockades: American Medical Students in Cuba
  2. pp. 286-300
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  1. Part VI: Conclusion
  2. pp. 301-302
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  1. Chapter 18. Across the Generations: Lessons from Health Internationalism
  2. pp. 303-318
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 319-324
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 325-350
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