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To Bear Witness: A Journey of Healing and Solidarity, Updated, Revised, and Expanded Edition (International Humanitarian Affairs)

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For more than fifty years, Kevin Cahill has been helping to heal the world: as a leading specialist in tropical medicine and as a driving force in humanitarian assistance and relief efforts across the globe.

Physician, teacher, diplomat and advocate, Dr. Cahill has touched many lives and helped right many wrongs. In this revised and expanded edition, he chronicles extraordinary achievements of compassion and commitment. Bringing together a rich selection of writings--essays, op-ed pieces, speeches, and other works, many out of print or hard to find--he crafts a fascinating selfportrait of a life devoted to others.

The writings reflect fully the range of Cahill's passions. Reporting from places under siege--Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan, Nicaragua, Libya, Gaza and Ireland--Dr. Cahill writes as a physician and activist dealing with civil war, famine and repression, restoring lives wounded by land mines or threatened by violence and disease. Closer to home, there are his visionary statements from the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, powerful critiques of the politics of famine and public health, and programs for new forms of humanitarian assistance to transform health and human rights.

This book includes selections touching on the author's more personal--but no less passionate--concerns, whether looking back as the Bronx born son of an Irish physician, or on the impact on his life of the worlds of pain and suffering in which he has traveled.

Synopsis:

For more than fifty years, Dr. Cahill has been helping to heal the world, as a leading specialist in tropical medicine and as a driving force in humanitarian assistance and relief efforts around the globe. In this revised and expanded edition, he chronicles extraordinary achievements of compassion and commitment. Bringing together a rich selection of writings, he crafts a fascinating memoir of a life devoted to others. The book includes front-line reports from places under siege Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan, Nicaragua, Gaza, and Ireland; there are also visionary essays from the origins of the AIDS epidemic and landmine crises, and no less passionate concerns of his own experiences of pain and suffering as well as of joy and beauty in the worlds in which he has traveled. As the distinguished neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, M.D., notes in his endorsement, "These essays, by turns elegiac, lyrical, funny, tender, nostalgic, and vehemently impassioned, come together in an ongoing tapestry, a portrait of a dedicated physician who has dared to make a difference."

About the Author

Kevin M. Cahill, M.D. is University Professor and Director of the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University and President of the Center for International Health and Cooperation in New York City. He has served as Chief Adviser on Humanitarian and Public Health Issues for three Presidents of the United Nations; he is Chief Medical Advisor on Counterterrorism for the NYPD, Director of the Tropical Disease Center of Lenox Hill Hospital and Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine at New York University. He is Senior Advisor for Academic Affairs for the United Nations

Alliance of Civilizations.

Table of Contents

Part One: Locations 15

The Middle East 18

Beirut's Smell of Death 19

A Doctor's Reflections on the Libyan Situation 21

Gaza--Destruction and Hope 23

Somalia 32

For a U.S. Role in Somalia 33

Palm Sunday in Somalia 34

Starving Refugees Overwhelm Somalia 36

A Somali Postscript 39

Nicaragua 44

The Nicaraguan Earthquake 45

The Price for Differing with the U.S. Is Death 48

Of Constitutions, Democracy, Medicine, and Diplomacy 50

Holidays in Nicaragua 53

Fasting and Medicine in Nicaragua 56

Ireland 60

A Perverse Silence 61

Red Stains on the Emerald Isle: Can Only Blood Wash Them Out? 64

A Deathless Dream 67

The Descendants of the High Kings of Ireland 71

Part Two: Academia 75

New Realities, New Frontiers 78

The Peculiar Élan 83

The University and Revolution 87

The Symbolism of Salamanca 91

Grief and Renewal 98

To Bind our Wounds 100

Loaded Words 107

Dreams and Travel 112

A Necessary Balance 113

A Dublin Department 120

Is That All There Is? 123

Part Three: Continuity 128

Health on the Horn of Africa 132

The Untapped Resource 138

Irish Essays 142

Threads for a Tapestry 145

Famine 150

The AIDS Epidemic 151

A Bridge to Peace 154

Imminent Peril 155

A Framework for Survival 158

Clearing the Fields 172

Preventive Diplomacy 177

Traditions, Values, and Humanitarian Action 186

Technology for Humanitarian Action 189

The Pulse of Humanitarian Assistance 190

Even in Chaos 192

More With Less 194

Books by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D. cited in this Section 198

Part Four: Personal 203

God and My Life 204

The Influence of Yeats 208

On Being Short 226

Suffering and Pain 227

A Medical Student's Impressions of India 229

It Ain't Necessarily So 230

Romance and Reality 234

To Bear Witness 246

"For Your 65th" by Kathryn Cahill 250

Product Details

ISBN:
9780823254057
Author:
Cahill, Kevin M., M.d.
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Author:
Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.
Author:
Cahill, M.D., Kevin M.
Author:
Cahill, Kevin M.
Subject:
Health, Mind, & Body
Subject:
Sociology-Disasters and Disaster Relief
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
5.9 x 8.9 x 0.4 in 1 lb

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"Synopsis" by , For more than fifty years, Dr. Cahill has been helping to heal the world, as a leading specialist in tropical medicine and as a driving force in humanitarian assistance and relief efforts around the globe. In this revised and expanded edition, he chronicles extraordinary achievements of compassion and commitment. Bringing together a rich selection of writings, he crafts a fascinating memoir of a life devoted to others. The book includes front-line reports from places under siege Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan, Nicaragua, Gaza, and Ireland; there are also visionary essays from the origins of the AIDS epidemic and landmine crises, and no less passionate concerns of his own experiences of pain and suffering as well as of joy and beauty in the worlds in which he has traveled. As the distinguished neurologist and author Oliver Sacks, M.D., notes in his endorsement, "These essays, by turns elegiac, lyrical, funny, tender, nostalgic, and vehemently impassioned, come together in an ongoing tapestry, a portrait of a dedicated physician who has dared to make a difference."
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