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Check out our new Health & Empowerment titles!

November 29, 2011

In addition to our own health guides, Hesperian distributes books from other publishers that we think you’ll find useful.

Take a look at our most recent additions in our bookstore!

Global Health Watch 3: An Alternative World Health Report 

Like its critically acclaimed predecessors, this third volume of Global Health Watch covers a wide range of topics, including food, trade, access to medicines, mental health, climate change, and war and conflict. This volume includes a special focus on health systems and their relation to world economic crises.  Global Health Watch 3 is a project of the Peoples’ Health Movement, of which Hesperian is an active member, and a trustworthy source of data and analysis on global health.

The Practice of International Health: A Case-Based Orientation 
Edited by Daniel Perlman and Ananya Roy

Virtually every school of public health teaches a global health course, yet the major textbooks provide little about what is actually like to practice international health. This new book comprises a series of vivid first person accounts in which physicians, epidemiologists, health workers, and public health professionals from around the world present the critical dilemmas and challenges facing the field.

Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesto 
by Ina May Gaskin. Foreword by Ani Difranco

In Birth Matters, America’s leading midwife, Ina May Gaskin – who was recently selected to receive a Right Livelihood Award! — reminds us that the ways in which women experience birth have implications for us all. A woman who gives birth in the US today is more likely to die in childbirth than her mother was. The US ranks behind 33 other nations in neonatal mortality rates, and 40 other nations in maternal mortality rates. Confidence in women’s bodies and women’s choices has been lost. Birth Matters is a spirited manifesta showing us how to trust women, value birth, nurture families, and reconcile modern life with a process as old as our species.

Revolutionary Doctors 
by Steve Brouwer

This first-hand account of Venezuela’s innovative and inspiring program of community health care shows what happens when doctor-teachers move into the countryside and poor urban areas to provide care, and then to recruit and train doctors from among farmers and workers.  Revolutionary Doctors demonstrates how a society committed to the well-being of its poorest people can actually put that commitment into practice by delivering essential health care through the direct empowerment of the people it aims to serve.

Jamkhed: A Comprehensive Rural Health Project 
by Doctors Mabelle Arole and Rajanikant Arole

Jamkhed is the story of poor and disenfranchised men and women who developed a sustainable community-based primary health care program in the town of Jamkhed, Maharashtra, in one of the poorest parts of India.  Begun by Doctors Mabelle Arole and Rajanikant Arole in 1970, the Comprehensive Rural Health Project (CRHP) has been a catalyst for social change and positive transformation in Jamkhed and the surrounding villages ever since. This book details the early years and shares the experience of developing the project from inception to sustainability.