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