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Book and Media Reviews
January 11, 2006

Human Rights and Health

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(2):219. doi:10.1001/jama.295.2.219-a

For health professionals engaged in the ongoing dialogue between human rights and health, the second compilation edited by members of Boston's health and human rights community is a welcome development.

It is evident from the rich material contained in this volume that the debate is wide-ranging, vibrant, and responsive. As the editors point out, this publication affords a platform for a wide variety of views from authors with different perspectives, from the “highly legal” to efforts “to build the legal and political structures that can support expanded definitions” of human rights. The challenge of reconciling academic rigor in a particular field with providing tools for advocacy and action in that field is not new to science. However, in the arena of human rights and health, the challenge has particular cogency, given the immediacy to fundamental questions about human dignity and life itself.

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