Preventing War and Promoting Peace – A Guide for Health Professionals

REVIEWS, 19 Mar 2018

Cambridge University Press – TRANSCEND Media Service

Preventing War and Promoting Peace – A Guide for Health Professionals, Editors: William H. Wiist, Oregon State University and Shelley K. White, Simmons College, Boston, December 2017, Hardback isbn: 9781107146686

Preventing War and Promoting Peace: A Guide for Health Professionals is an interdisciplinary study of how pervasive militarism creates a propensity for war through the influence of academia, economic policy, the defense industry, and the news media.

Comprising contributions by academics and practitioners from the fields of public health, medicine, nursing, law, sociology, psychology, political science, and peace and conflict studies, as well as representatives from organizations active in war prevention, the book emphasizes the underlying preventable causes of war, particularly militarism, and focuses on the methods health professionals can use to prevent war.

Preventing War and Promoting Peace provides hard-hitting facts about the devastating health effects of war and a broad perspective on war and health, presenting a new paradigm for the proactive engagement of health professions in the prevention of war and the promotion of peace.

Reviews & endorsements

‘The consequences of war are horrific and extend to civilian and military populations. There is little question that politics, power, and money, are all important determinants of war and its consequences. This book peels a complex onion clearly and instructively. In so doing it presents an agenda for public health scholarship and intervention and makes a compelling case for the ineluctable role of public health in the prevention of war and the promotion of peace.’

— Sandro Galea, Robert A. Knox Professor and Dean, Boston University School of Public Health

‘This is a book that needs to be read, particularly, now that the sounds of war are appearing again in the chambers of power. It’s important to inform the public about the dangers of war and health professionals have a major responsibility in this task.’

— Vicente Navarro, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Chief Editor of the International Journal of Health Services

‘This pathbreaking book provides an enlightening and inspiring analysis of the connections among war, empire, and health. Especially during this historical period of what has been called ‘permanent war’, as resistance to war as a tool of the failing capitalist economic system is growing around the world, the contributions in this book become essential reading in understanding our current situation and struggling to change it.’

— Howard Waitzkin, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of New Mexico, and Director, Civilian Medical Resources Network

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