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Book and Media Reviews
August 2, 2006

Global Health and Service

JAMA. 2006;296(5):589-594. doi:10.1001/jama.296.5.591-a

It is fitting that this book is published by the American Medical Association, since it clearly targets the practicing health care worker and reminds us that physicians should be the “natural attorneys of the poor.” The author, Edward O’Neil, Jr, MD, also provides the opportunity for the medical community living in “comfortable environments” to realize that the current world order “stands in sharp contrast to the sentiments of virtually all world religions and the ethical premise of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” This timely book should be embraced by anyone entering the international service arena with the goal of improving the health of populations living in the most deprived conditions in resource-constrained settings.

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