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The Human Right to Health : Norton Global Ethics Series - Jonathan Wolfe

The Human Right to Health

Norton Global Ethics Series

Hardcover Published: 20th February 2012
ISBN: 9780393063356
Number Of Pages: 144

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In The Human Right to Health, acclaimed philosopher Jonathan Wolff examines the case for and against enshrining health as a basic human right on par with widely accepted (and championed) rights like freedom of speech and freedom from torture. The notion of a right to health has inspired fevered debate both in the internaional community and within the U.S., where health care reform has become a passionate issue. Wolff, with a columnist's touch, cleverly explores both sides of the debate to find a clear path forward. In an accessible, persuasive voice, he explores the philosophical underpinnings for how we might define a human right and the political and cultural realities that we must face in trying to provide better qualities of life to citizens in wildly varying regions. Never ideological, Wolff considers both the benefits and the costs of trying to universalize a right to health, and ultimately finds that while the case for human rights to health is extremely promising, its advocates need to bolster both the intellectual arguments that underlie the claim and offer a serious program of practical steps that would allow it to be realized in practice. The Human Right to Health is a powerful and important contribution to the dicourse on global health standards.

Introduction: The Human Right to Health Dilemmap. xiii
The Universal Declaration of Human Rightsp. 1
Backgroundp. 1
Declarations, Covenants, and Constitutionsp. 5
Progressive Realization and Core Obligationsp. 9
The Human Right to Health and Its Criticsp. 13
Rights, Humanitarianism, and Powerp. 13
Rights and Human Rightsp. 16
Philosophical ChaUengesp. 18
General Comment 14p. 27
The Human Right to Health in Practicep. 35
HIV/AIDS and the Human Right to Healthp. 39
The Awakening of the Human Right to Healthp. 39
HIV/AIDS Discovery and Responsep. 41
Access to Treatmentp. 53
HIV/AIDS and Haitians in the United Statesp. 59
The Global Spread of HIV/AIDS: Africap. 67
The Hidden Cost of Treating HIV/AIDSp. 85
Conclusionp. 86
Problems and Prospectsp. 92
The World Bank and Health Systemsp. 94
TRIPS and the Price of Medicinesp. 100
The Health Brain Drainp. 108
Research Ethicsp. 114
Maternal Mortality and Newborn Survivalp. 123
Conclusionp. 128
Where Next?p. 130
Emerging Campaignsp. 130
Governance and Activismp. 132
Conclusionp. 137
Notesp. 141
Further Readingp. 161
Bibliographyp. 165
Acknowledgmentp. 179
Indexp. 181
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ISBN: 9780393063356
ISBN-10: 0393063356
Series: Norton Global Ethics Series
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 20th February 2012
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 15.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1

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