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Socialist Register: 2010: Health Under Capitalism : Morbid Symptoms - Leo Panitch

Socialist Register: 2010: Health Under Capitalism

Morbid Symptoms

Paperback Published: 27th February 2013
ISBN: 9780850366921
Number Of Pages: 288

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A survey of the political economy of health. Morbid Symptoms focuses on the economic, social and political determinants of health under global capitalism, and on health care as an object of struggle between commercial forces seeking to make it into a field of profit, and popular forces fighting to keep it - or make it - a public service with equal access for all. Contributors survey structures of power and forces for change in national health care systems - from the UK, Germany and the USA to India, China, Sub-Saharan Africa and Cuba. They examine the impact of neo-liberal hegemony on the health industry, the WTO and the WHO; they consider key issues of international health policy: the marketisation of public health service HIV/AIDS in Africa; the control of medical research and training; the misuse of scientific data for commercial gain; the mistreatment of mental illness, the food industry's production of obesity and hunger, and the turning of genes into commodities.

'Morbid Symptoms will be studied, and indeed enjoyed, and help stir political action, far beyond the worldwide community of socialist minded activists and scholars. These essays deserve the widest possible readership and discussion.' International Socialist Review.

Prefacep. ix
Health, health care and capitalismp. 1
The nature of health care: commodification versus solidarityp. 29
Inequality and healthp. 39
Certain wealth: accumulation in the health industryp. 59
Marketing global health care: the practices of big pharmap. 84
US health reform and the Stockholm syndromep. 103
The marketisation of health care in Europep. 125
Contradictions at work: struggles for control in Canadian health carep. 145
Maternal mortality in Africa: a gendered lens on health system failurep. 168
Between obesity and hunger: the capitalist food industryp. 184
Medical TV dramas: health care as soap operap. 198
Cuban health politics at home and abroadp. 216
China's double movement in health carep. 240
'Health for All' and neoliberal globalisation: an Indian rope trickp. 262
The shaping of global health policyp. 279
Building a comprehensive public health movement: learning from HIV/AIDS mobilisationsp. 295
Mental health in a sick society: what are people for?p. 315
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ISBN: 9780850366921
ISBN-10: 0850366925
Series: ELEANOR BRASCH
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 27th February 2013
Publisher: The Merlin Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.7  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.55