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Vol. 5, No. 46-47 -- November 17, 2012
Class, Health, and Health Care
In a phone interview with me, health care activist Susan Rosenthal, M.D., discusses the causes and cures of North Americans' bad health and (relatedly) bad health-care systems.
Her new book on these subjects is Sick and Sicker: Essays on Class, Health and Health Care.
In Part One she discusses the root cause of much disease--social inequality--the practice of psychiatry, why depression is so common (and so poorly treated), and why, each year, for-profit medicine kills 23 times as many Americans as criminal use of firearms.
In Part Two (available by November 25) she discusses working-class life in England during the Industrial Revolution (ca. 1845), the problems with Canada's single-payer healthcare system (though it's still better than the U.S. system), how the profit motive and computers have brought us "assembly-line medicine," and the health-care reforms established in Chile, under Allende, in the 1970s.
We originally broadcast these two instalments in July-August 2010.
Susan's Sick and Sicker: Essays on Class, Health and Health Care is available in paperback (from her) or as a "Kindle" electronic book from Amazon. For more information on the book--and for more by Susan--please see http://www.susanrosenthal.com/
See also the Web site of the International Health Workers for People Over Profit.
Music in Part One: David Rovics, Oppositional Defiant Disorder
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