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No-Nonsense Guide to World Health

By Shereen Usdin  

No-Nonsense Guide to World Health
  • Paperback / softback

Here is a clear, wide-ranging introduction to the worldwide state of human health. Starting with a brief history of modern medical progress, Shereen Usdin then untangles the knot created by poverty and globalization to show that where you live, how wealthy you are, and your gender all have a bearing on the diseases you may encounter in your lifetime - and your prospects for prevention, treatment, and ultimately, survival.

Pulling no punches, Usdin also blows the whistle on the political economy of illness and how keeping people sick means more money for the pharmaceutical, tobacco, and food industries. This No-Nonsense Guide is a must-read for anyone who wants a clear sense of how healthy our global family really is.

Part of the No-Nonsense Guides series.

  • Paperback / softback, 144 pages
  • ISBN 9781897071328
  • Published October 2007
  • EPUB
  • ISBN 9781771130707
  • Published October 2007


This No-Nonsense Guide to World Health is premised on the belief that without social justice, a life of health and dignity for all the world’s people cannot be fully realised.

– — Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Table of Contents

Foreword by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
Chapter 1 No 'Health for All' by 21st Century
Chapter 2 Globalization: The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune
Chapter 3 The Politics of Patents
Chapter 4 The Politics of Gender
Chapter 5 The Emergence of Old and New Epidemics
Chapter 6 Non-communicable 'Pandemics': The High Price of Big Business
Chapter 7 The Big Fix
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