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Health and Human Rights: A Reader 1st Edition

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The reader is useful as a springboard for high-level discussions about fundamental issues in these fields, for both scholars and graduate students. Regardless of a reader's discipline or the role played in these fields, he or she comes away from this work moved, energized, and recommitted to the exhaustive, yet important, work of protecting the public's health and humanity's well-being. The complementarity suggested here brings a hopeful side in the form of a new way of defining and solving public health and human rights challenges. -- Health Promotion Practice, October 2002
One cannot, one must not, approach medicine today without looking for its ethical component: read this important volume and you will understand why
. -- Elie Wiesel
Human rights violations persist in many forms. I hope that these terrible examples will remind us that silence from political leaders, is what oppressors most desire and what the oppressed most fear
. -- Jimmy Carter
Without human rights peopleand their communities cannot be fully healthy. This remarkable volume explores the responsibilities of health professionals for promoting and protecting human rights, thereby promoting and protecting the health of their patients and communities
. -- Victor Sidel, Distinguished University Professor of Social Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
The value of the collection extends beyond its application to HIV/AIDS, in two fundamental ways. First, the papers widen the scope of one's perspectice of health . . . a matter of recognizing that efforts to protect human rights will influence positively the health of individuals in more ways that one. . . . Second, the collection provides a basis for acting in areas that, traditionally, have been outside the scope of health professionals. . . . A human rights perspective provides a normative basis for analysis, advocacy, and intervention on societal factors that predetermine health. -- HIV/AIDS Policy and Law Review
This is a rich and variedcollection ranging from cogent exegeses on ethnic cleansing and female genital mutilation to scholarly dissertations on human rights and public health. The essays are powerful statements supported by impressive scholarships enhanced by the authors' personal experience...Students, researchers, and scholars in the field have much to choose from in this work, which is augmented by an excellent index and detailed bibliography. -- William E. Seldelman, The Lancet
Health and Human Rights is a valuable basic reader, as its short chapters provide effective shapshots of areas of profound concern...the volume is primarily intended as a practical guide for professionals... -- Polly Vizard, Recent Books on Ethics and International Affairs

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (March 16, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415921015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415921015
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.8 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,265,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Alan Grodin, M.D., is Professor of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at the Boston University School of Public Health, where he has received 20 teaching awards, including the Norman A. Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Grodin is Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Grodin is Director of the Project on Medicine and the Holocaust at the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies. He completed his B.S. degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his M.D. degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, his postdoctoral and fellowship training at UCLA and Harvard, and he has been on the faculty of Boston University for the past 34 years.

Dr. Grodin is the Medical Ethicist at Boston Medical Center and for thirteen years served as the Human Studies Chairman for the Department of Health and Hospitals of the City of Boston. He is a fellow of the Hastings Center, served on the board of directors of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research and the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for the Philosophy and History of Science. He was a member of the National Committee on Bioethics of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Committee on Ethics of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Professor Grodin served on the Ethics Committee of the Massachusetts Center for Organ Transplantation, was a consultant to the National Human Subjects Protection Review Panel of the National Institutes of Health AIDS Program Advisory Committee, and is a consultant on Ethics and Research with Human Subjects for the International Organizations of Medical Sciences and the World Health Organization. He is a member of the Ethics Review Board of Physicians for Human Rights. Dr. Grodin is the Co-Founder of Global Lawyers and Physicians: Working Together for Human Rights, Co-Director of the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights: Caring for Survivors of Torture, and has received a special citation from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in recognition of his "profound contributions - through original and creative research - to the cause of Holocaust education and remembrance." The Refugee Center which he Co-Directs received the 2002 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project for "sensitivity and dedication in caring for the health and human rights of refugees and survivors of torture." He is a Member of the Global Implementation Project of the Istanbul Protocol Manual on the Effective Investigation and Documentation of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and an Advisor to UNESCO. Dr. Grodin was the 2000 Julius Silberger Scholar and is an elected member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and the American Psychoanalytic Association. Four times named one of America's Top Physicians, he has received 4 national Humanism in Medicine and Humanitarian Awards for "integrity, clinical excellence and compassion", "outstanding humanism in medicine and integrity as a faculty member" and "compassion, empathy, respect and cultural sensitivity in the delivery of care to patients and their families."

Dr. Grodin has delivered over 600 invited regional, national, and international addresses, written more than 200 scholarly papers, and edited or co-edited 6 books: ''The Nazi Doctors and the Nuremberg Code: Human Rights in Human Experimentation'' and ''Children as Research Subjects: Science, Ethics and Law'' of the Bioethics Series of Oxford University Press, a book in the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science Series of Kluwer Academic Press entitled ''Meta-Medical Ethics: The Philosophical Foundations of Bioethics'', and three books published by Routledge: ''Health and Human Rights: A Reader,'' selected as second of the top ten humanitarian books of 1999, ''Perspectives on Health and Human Rights,'' and ''Health and Human Rights in a Changing World.'' Professor Grodin is presently working on a new book titled ''Jewish Medical Resistance in the Ghettos and Camps During the Holocaust.'' Dr. Grodin's primary areas of interest include: the relationship of health and human rights, medicine and the holocaust, and bioethics.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 29, 2001
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This book was pretty thorough for documenting health and human rights in several areas of the world, apart from those in the middle east. A gross omission was the case of Iraq. It had an appendix with the declaration of human rights (plus others) for those interested in the "ideal" Otherwise, it was a great introduction into health and human rights.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 2004
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This book presents a terrific introduction to the role of human rights in public health practice. While quite accessible, some may wish to augment this book with additional readings- perhaps Just Health Care by Normal Daniels?
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I rated high the product for two primary reasons.
First of all, the delivery was excellent, the book was in very good condition also, even though it was used. So, I got a very good item at the very best price.
Even the book is from 1999, it has very actual knowledge and is a strong reference book for the ones seeking the relation between health and human rights.
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The condition of the book is as if it were new and the content of the book itself is interesting and what is needed in my studies at this time.
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