Peace Through Health: How Health Professionals Can Work for a Less Violent World

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Neil Arya, Joanna Santa Barbara
Kumarian Press, 2008 - Medical - 340 pages
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We typically define and talk about wars using the language of politics, but what happens when you bring in a doctor’s perspective on conflict? Can war be diagnosed like an illness? Can health professionals participate in its mitigation and prevention? The contributors to Peace through Health: How Health Professionals Can Work for a Less Violent World engage with these ground-breaking ideas and describe tools that can further peace once war is understood as a public health problem.

The idea of working for peace through the health sector has sparked many innovative programs, described here by over 30 experts familiar with the theory and practice of Peace through Health. They cover topics such as prevention and therapy, program evaluations, medical ethics, activism, medical journals, human rights, and the uses of epidemiology. Those considering careers in medicine and other health and humanitarian disciplines as well as those concerned about the growing presence of militarized violence in the world will value the book’s many insights

Other Contributors: Will Boyce, Caecilie Buhmann, Anne BundeBirouste, Kenneth Bush, Helen Caldicott, Rob Chase, Khagendra Dahal, Hamit Dardagan, Ann Duggan, Lowell Ewert, Paul Farmer, Norbert Goldfield, Paula Gutlove, Katherine Kaufer Christoffel, Maria Kett, John Last, Barry S. Levy, Tarek Loubani, Evan Lyon, Graeme MacQueen, Ian Maddocks, Ambrogio Manenti, Klaus Melf, Viet Nguyen-Gillham, Wendy Orr, Andrew D. Pinto, Alex Rosen, Simon Rushton, Hana Saab, Victor W. Sidel, Sonal Singh, John Sloboda, Karen Trollope-Kumar, Marshall Wallace, Jim Yong Kim, Anthony Zwi.
 

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About the author (2008)

Neil Arya is a family doctor, assistant clinical professor of family medicine at McMaster University and adjunct professor of family medicine at the University of Western Ontario, adjunct in both health studies and environmental studies at the University of Waterloo. Neil has also served as President of Physicians for Global Survival and Vice President of IPPNW and been involved in projects in Latin America, the Middle East and South Asia and published in various medical, public health, peace, environmental journals and books. Joanna Santa Barbara trained and practiced as a child psychiatrist in Australia and Canada. For 25 years she has been involved with the development of the Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Work from this center on health in war zones evolved into the Peace through Health framework, to which she has contributed theory and practice. Joanna is about to move to an experiment in sustainable living in New Zealand. She has several awards for peace work and teaching.

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