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August 7, 2002

Global HealthDying for Growth: Global Inequality and the Health of the Poor

Author Affiliations
 

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media

 

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edited by Jim Yong Kim, Joyce V. Millen, Alec Irwin, and John Gershman, 584 pp, with illus, $49.95, ISBN 1-56751-161-9, paper, $29.95, ISBN 1-56751-160-0, Monroe, Me, Common Courage Press, 2000.

JAMA. 2002;288(5):641-643. doi:10.1001/jama.288.5.641-JBK0807-2-1

On the cover of Dying for Growth, a young, disheveled girl with jet-black hair in an oversized pink nightgown stands in a garbage dump. Modern skyscrapers grace the skyline in the not-so-distant background. In the book's introduction, we learn that the little girl, who lives in the dump on the outskirts of Guatemala City, had approached the photographer and asked him to please teach her how to read.

In Dying for Growth, the editors and their colleagues investigate the relationship between the gross inequality captured in the photo, neoliberal policies that have shaped the global political economy for the past 20 years, and the consequences for the health of the poor. The editors and many of the writers are associated with Partners in Health/The Institute for Health and Social Justice (http://www.pih.org) affiliated with the Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change at Harvard Medical School.

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