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Sickness and Wealth: The Corporate Assault on Global Health
In this powerful and accessible collection of new essays, international scholars and activists examine how official and corporate actors of globalization-including multinationals, the IMF and World Bank, the World Trade Organization, and "first world" governments-have enacted policies that limit medical access and promote disease and death for many in the poor world. The c ...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by South End Press
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This is a collection of articles relating globalization to health care, and so the quality and usefulness varies by article. But overall, I was extremely disappointed. It is a supposedly academic book, but the references were crap. Whenever there was some horrifying fact about the WTO impacting health regulations or effects of structural adjustment on developing countries, I'd look in the back to find out more and it would just be a newspaper article or random website. Not my area of expertise, ...more
The book examines the impact of programs designed, supported and implemented by organizations such as IMF, World Bank, UN, WTO etc have on the health of the South. Chapter 4 discusses the effects of SAP which has further destabilized countries (Latin America, Africa and Asia). Globalization as well as neoliberalism are discussed within a health context. Overall this book provides an insight into how policies that support corporate-centered globalization further exasperates poverty and ill-health ...more