Paul Farmer and Matthew Basilico presented their co-edited book, Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction to a standing-room-only crowd at the Tsai Auditorium at Harvard University, Cambridge, on October 2, 2013. Uniting Farmer and Basilico's experience, perspective and expertise with that of co-editors Jim Yong Kim and Arthur Kleinman, Reimagining Global Health provides an original, compelling introduction to the field of global health. Drawn from a Harvard course developed by Matthew Basilico, a student of his three co-authors, this work provides an accessible and engaging framework for the study of global health. Insisting on an approach that is historically deep and geographically broad, the authors underline the importance of a transdisciplinary approach and offer a highly readable distillation of several historical and ethnographic perspectives of contemporary global health problems.
The case studies presented throughout Reimagining Global Health bring together ethnographic, theoretical, and historical perspectives into a wholly new and exciting investigation of global health. The interdisciplinary approach outlined in this text should prove useful not only in schools of public health, nursing, and medicine, but also in undergraduate and graduate classes in anthropology, sociology, political economy, and history, among others.
The book has received strong praise from leaders and academics such as Julio Frenk, Dean of the Harvard School of Medicine; Ambassador Mark Dybal, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS; and Michael Marmot, University of College London, Institute of Health Equity.