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Addresses the issues at the heart of international medicine and social responsibility.

During the last half-century many international declarations have proclaimed health care to be a fundamental human right. But high aspirations repeatedly confront harsh realities, in societies both rich and poor. To illustrate this disparity, David and Sheila Rothman bring together stories from their investigations around the world into medical abuses. A central theme runs through their account: how the principles of human rights, including bodily integrity, informed consent, and freedom from coercion, should guide physicians and governments in dealing with patients and health care.

Over the past two decades, the Rothmans have visited post-Ceausescu Romania, where they uncovered the primitive medical practices that together with state oppression caused hundreds of orphans to develop AIDS. They have monitored the exploitative international traffic in organs in India, China, Singapore, and the Philippines. One of the most controversial questions they explore is experimentation on human beings, whether in studies of the effects of radioactive iron on pregnant women in 1940s Tennessee or in contemporary trials of AIDS drugs in the third world. And they examine a number of rulings by South Africas Constitutional Court that have suggested practical ways of reconciling the right to health care with its societys limited resources.

Whether discussing the training of young doctors in the US, the effects of segregation on medicine in Zimbabwe, or proposals for rationing health care, David and Sheila Rothman conclude that an ethical and professional concern for observing medicines oldest commandment—do no harm—must be joined with a profound commitment to protecting human rights.

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Nine essays tell different stories from different times and places in the latest collaboration by David (social medicine, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons) and Sheila (public health, Columbia U.). They discuss such topics as the international traffic in organs, the historian as expert witness, the right to health care in South Africa, and AIDS and Romania's orphans. The book is not indexed.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Nine essays tell different stories from different times and places in the latest collaboration by David (social medicine, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons) and Sheila (public health, Columbia U.). They discuss such topics as the international traffic in organs, the historian as expert witness, the right to health care in South Africa, and AIDS and Romania's orphans. The book is not indexed. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

David J. Rothman is Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine and History at Columbia University. Sheila M. Rothman is Professor of Public Health at Columbia University. Their books written together include The Willowbrook Wars: A Decade of Struggle for Social Justice and The Pursuit of Perfection: The Promise and Perils of Medical Enhancement. They live in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590171400
Author:
Rothman, David J.
Publisher:
New York Review of Books
Preface by:
Neier, Aryeh
Preface:
Neier, Aryeh
Author:
Rothman, Sheila M.
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Human Rights
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Political Advocacy
Subject:
Political Science-Public Policy - Social Services & Welfare
Subject:
Medical ethics
Subject:
Bioethical Issues
Subject:
Services & Welfare
Subject:
Politics - General
Publication Date:
20050931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.30x5.86x.73 in. .83 lbs.

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Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Human Rights
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family

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