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  • Cited by 3
  • 2nd edition
  • Edited by Solomon Benatar, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Cape Town, Gillian Brock, Professor of Philosophy, University of Auckland
Cambridge University Press
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February 2021
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Addressing global health is one of the largest challenges facing humanity in the 21st century, however, this task is becoming even more formidable with the accelerated destruction of the planet. Building on the success of the previous edition, the book outlines how progress towards improving global health relies on understanding its core social, economic, political, environmental and ideological aspects. A multi-disciplinary group of authors suggest not only theoretically compelling arguments for what we must do, but also provide practical recommendations as to how we can promote global health despite contemporary constraints. The importance of cross-cultural dialogue and utilisation of ethical tools in tackling global health problems is emphasised. Thoroughly updated, new or expanded topics include: mass displacement of people; novel threats, including new infectious diseases; global justice; and ecological ethics and planetary sustainability. Offering a diverse range of perspectives, this volume is essential for bioethicists, public health practitioners and philosophers.


'I am so excited that this excellent book has achieved a second edition. I have used it extensively for both research and teaching and I am sure the updated version will be just as successful as the first. It is one of the finest examples of an interdisciplinary text that will be of great value as we try to navigate the current crisis in global public health.'

Lesley Doyal - Emeritus Professor of Health and Social Care, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol

'Solomon Benatar and Gillian Brock have put together the broadest engagements with the central ethical challenges posed by the evermore encompassing field of global health. This book is a crucial accompaniment to efforts to describe, define and introduce global health for students at all levels. It also is essential reading for global health practitioners. Justice, goodness, and human rights are advanced by global health practices but also slighted and failed by them. The contributors to Global Health: Ethical Challenges are a remarkably diverse collection of experts from dozens of fields who address the value crises of capitalism, bureaucracy, international organisations, syndemics, post-colonialism, racism, and the environment, showing how they shape global health, global health systems, and indeed the fates and prospects for life in our time. A huge achievement!'

Arthur Kleinman - Professor of Medical Anthropology, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and Rabb Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences

‘… highly recommended for upper-level undergraduates, graduates, and professional audiences from all disciplines.’

Diane Martinez Source: Technical Communication

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