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Studies of the Americas

Cuban Medical Internationalism

Origins, Evolution, and Goals

Authors: Kirk, J., Erisman, H. Michael

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While public health is important for revolutionary Cuba, providing medical services to the developing world is also a priority: 38,000 medical staff are engaged abroad; the largest medical school in the world (ELAM) has an enrollment of over 8,000 students from the Third World; and since 2004 over 1.3 million in Latin America and the Caribbean have had their eyesight restored. How has this small nation of 11.3 million people managed to save more lives in the developing world than all of the G-8 countries together? And what are its motives? This book, the result of four years of research in Cuba, provides an updated analysis of this extraordinary record.

About the authors


JOHN M. KIRK is Professor of Latin American Studies at Dalhousie University, Canada.
H. MICHAEL ERISMAN is Professor of Political Science at Indiana State University, USA. 

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"This is an important and much-needed book.Cuba, a small island of 11 million souls, has some 36,000 medical personnel providing assistance to other countries, many of themtoo poor to pay for the service. It also has the largest medical school in the world with an enrollment of over 8,000 students from Third World countries. Their only commitment when they graduate is that they return to their home countries and provide medical services to those who can least afford it. In sum, Cuba is credited with saving more lives in the developing countries than all the G-8 countries together. How has it done this? Erisman and Kirk begin to tell us how." - Wayne S. Smith, Senior Fellow and Director of the Cuba Program at the Center for International Policy in Washington, D.C.

"John Kirk and Michael Erisman have produced a path-breaking study that has no equal in elaborating the extent and significance of Cuba s international medical programs. These are a key aspect of Cuba s foreign policy, as the authors deftly demonstrate by relating medical internationalism to Cuba's political goals and relations with the Third World." - Philip Brenner, Professor of International Relations, American University; co-author of Sad and Luminous Days: Cuba's Struggle with the Superpowers after the Missile Crisis.


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: Cuba as a World Medical Power

    Kirk, John M. (et al.)

    Pages 1-23

  • The Cuban Health Care System

    Kirk, John M. (et al.)

    Pages 25-57

  • Cuba’s Cold War Medical Aid Programs

    Kirk, John M. (et al.)

    Pages 59-96

  • Contemporary Cuban Medical Aid Programs: The General Third World Arena

    Kirk, John M. (et al.)

    Pages 97-120

  • Contemporary Cuban Medical Aid Programs: Latin America and the Caribbean

    Kirk, John M. (et al.)

    Pages 121-168

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Cuban Medical Internationalism
Book Subtitle
Origins, Evolution, and Goals
Authors
Series Title
Studies of the Americas
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-62222-7
DOI
10.1057/9780230622227
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-8372-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 228
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