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Revolutionary Doctors

How Cuba and Venezuela are Changing the World's Conception of Healthcare



Monday, November 12, 2012

Introduction by Alison Goldstein, candidate for Master of Public Health, University of Illinois-Chicago.

Opening remarks by Peter Orris, MD, MPH, Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at UIC and leader of the American Public Health Association (APHA) delegation to Cuba

Presented by Radical Public Health (RPH), Global Health Student Interest Group (GHSIG), Emergency USA, Public Health Student Association (PHSA) and the Chicago Committee to Free the Cuban Five

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Revolutionary Doctors gives readers a first-hand account of Venezuela's innovative and inspiring program of community health care, designed to serve—and largely carried out by—the poor themselves. Drawing on long-term participant observations as well as in-depth research, Brouwer tells the story of Venezuela's Integral Community Medicine program, in which doctor-teachers move into the countryside and poor urban areas to recruit and train doctors from among peasants and workers. Such programs were first developed in Cuba, and Cuban medical personnel play a key role in Venezuela today as advisors and organizers. This internationalist model has been a great success—Cuba is a world leader in medicine and medical training—and Brouwer shows how the Venezuelans are now, with the aid of their Cuban counterparts, following suit.

"The Cuban medical education model, so eloquently described in this book, has not merely transformed health care in much of Central and South America. It has shown doctors and medical students who work in the unjust and dysfunctional U.S. health care system that another world is possible."
—Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH; professor of public health, CUNY; visiting professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School