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Books, Journals, New Media
March 2, 2005

Global Health

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(9):1142-1146. doi:10.1001/jama.293.9.1142-b

There is little debate in global health and development circles that the promised benefits of globalization for improving the lives and health of the world’s poor have been little realized. Two decades of free trade agreements, structural adjustments, and the spread of popularly elected governments—all trends variously seen as part of the globalization process—had been proposed as routes out of poverty and toward prosperity and so to gains in global health. These developments, too, under-performed in many settings. We find ourselves with widening gaps in income, access to health care services, and health indicators within and across countries and regions. The United States, with ongoing growth in the population of the uninsured, is no exception. And for some of the specific health threats addressed in Sickness and Wealth: The Corporate Assault on Global Health, like malaria, global AIDS, and water-borne diseases, many communities are substantially worse off now than a decade ago.

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