Croft Chapter House, University College
  • October 4, 2013 from 4:00pm to 5:45pm

You are invited to a book launch:

Comrades in Health: US Health Internationalists, Abroad and at Home edited by Anne-Emanuelle Birn and Theodore M. Brown

Friday October 4, 4-5:45pm
Croft Chapter House, University College
15 Kings College Circle, University of Toronto | U of T map

RSVP by September 30, to: marrisonstranks@gmail.com


Since the early twentieth century, politically engaged and socially committed U.S. health professionals have worked in solidarity with progressive movements around the world. Often with roots in social medicine, political activism, and international socialism, these doctors, nurses, and other health workers became comrades who joined forces with people struggling for social justice, equity, and the right to health.

Anne-Emanuelle Birn and Theodore M. Brown bring together a group of professionals and activists whose lives have been dedicated to health internationalism. By presenting a combination of historical accounts and first-hand reflections, this collection of essays aims to draw attention to the longstanding international activities of the American health left and the lessons they brought home. The involvement of these progressive U.S. health professionals is presented against the background of foreign and domestic policy, social movements, and global politics.

"Everybody who cares about health and social justice, internationally and in the U.S., should read this book!"
—Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! and 2008 winner Right Livelihood Award

"This wonderful book offers a deeply reflective look at the motivations, ideology, and outcomes of this critical work, telling the stories of true heroes and heroines of American medicine and public health. It is must reading for anyone contemplating international health activism today."
—Dr. David Himmelstein and Dr. Steffie Woolhandler, cofounders, Physicians for a National Health Program

"Comrades in Health is a pioneering effort, a major addition to the study of global public health, and a new perspective on U.S. domestic health policy."
—Gerald M. Oppenheimer, coauthor of Shattered Dreams? An Oral History of the South African AIDS Epidemic