Perspectives on Health and Human Rights 2nd Edition

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The field of health and human rights is coming of age, and this volume is a powerful testament to its scope and growing impact. Replete with fresh insights and provocative ideas, this book holds valuable lessons for everyone who strives to advance health, to protect human rights, and to gain a deeper understanding of the many interdependencies between those two goals. -- Harvey V. Fineberg, M.D., Ph.D., President, Institute of Medicine
Health and human rights is one of the most dynamic fields in contemporary human rights. As the synergies intensify, professional boundaries blur and the possibilities for action multiply. For those interested in this field, Perspectives on Health and Human Rights is an indispensable volume. Encompassing the national and international, practical and conceptual, and a rich variety of perspectives, it is a brilliant successor to the pioneering Health and Human Rights: A Reader. -- Professor Paul Hunt, University of Essex, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to the Highest Attainable Standard of Health
I warmly welcome this book and strongly encourage others to read it because it defines so well the field of health and human rights. It brings together theory and practice and demonstrates how all human rights, especially economic, social and cultural rights, are necessary for health and well-being. The selection of authors and the quality of the analysis will be invaluable to all who, by thought and action, can contribute to making human rights a reality for all people. -- Virginia Dandan, Chair, UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
This book is exemplary of the growing appreciation of the linkages between health and human rights as complementary approaches to the advancement of human well-being. It is a major contribution to the recognition of the centrality of human rights to global health challenges and the increased attention being given to the accountability of States under international law for issues related to health. -- Mary Robinson, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Executive Director, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative
A handy compendium of some of the recent literature [and] a valuable teaching aid for anyone seeking to bring health and human rights into the curriculum of a school of public health, law, medicine, or nursing. -- New England Journal of Medicine

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Sofia Gruskin, JD, MIA, is Associate Professor on Health and Human Rights in the Department of Population and International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Director of the Program on International Health and Human Rights at the Harvard-based François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights.

Michael A. Grodin, M.D., is Co-Director of the Bioethics and Human Rights Program and Professor of Health Law, Socio-Medical Sciences and Community Medicine and Psychiatry at the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine.

Stephen P. Marks is the François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health and Director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights.

George J. Annas is the Edward R. Utley Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at Boston University School of Public Health, and Professor in the Boston University School of Medicine and School of Law.

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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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