The Human Right to Health by Jonathan Wolff
(Amnesty International Global Ethics Series)

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“A broad-ranging, insightful analysis of the complex practical and ethical issues involved in global health.”—Kirkus Reviews

Few topics in human rights have inspired as much debate as the right to health. Proponents would enshrine it as a fundamental right on a par with freedom of speech and freedom from torture. Detractors suggest that the movement constitutes an impractical over-reach. Jonathan Wolff cuts through the ideological stalemate to explore both views. In an accessible, persuasive voice, he explores the philosophical underpinnings of the idea of a human right, assesses whether health meets those criteria, and identifies the political and cultural realities we face in attempts to improve the health of citizens in wildly different regions. Wolff ultimately finds that there is a path forward for proponents of the right to health, but to succeed they must embrace certain intellectual and practical changes. The Human Right to Health is a powerful and important contribution to the discourse on global health.

About Jonathan Wolff

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Jonathan Wolff is a professor of philosophy and the director of the Centre for Philosophy, Justice and Health at university College London. He wrote a regular column for The Guardian in London, where he resides.
Published February 20, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 209 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Ethics and Public Policy, 2011 etc.) poses a challenging but essential question: “How can there be a human right to health if the resources are just not there to satisfy it?” Before addressing the current global health crisis, the author looks back at Franklin Roosevelt's 1941 speech in which h...

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“Make reading The Human Right to Health a priority—if for nothing else than to consider some of the questions around the influence of private foundations and their public accountability regarding the use of global health care resources.”

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Starting with John Locke in the 17th century, continuing to Eleanor Roosevelt in the mid-20th century, and ending with Melinda and Bill Gates today, Wolff (Disadvantage) artfully describes the bumpy, politicized road that advocates have traveled to add health to the American mantra of “life, li...

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