Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Trade and Health: Seeking Common Ground

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Trade and Health: Seeking Common Ground

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Trade and Health: Seeking Common Ground Chantal Blouin, Jody Heymann, Nick Drager (Eds.), Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007; 384 pp., CAD $29.95

The need to address the diverse effects of the international trade regime on health is by now widely recognized. According to its editors, the aim of Trade and Health is to "help individuals and organizations transform this formal recognition into concrete policy change." The papers collected in this volume not only provide a wealth of information, but also sketch out some potential steps toward a more positive relationship between trade and health.

Part one of the book deals with intellectual property and access to medicines. Its two chapters usefully contribute to the substantial literature on this topic by analyzing the negotiation and implementation of relevant agreements in the Americas. Part two then covers trade in health services and products. One chapter uses the example of mosquito nets for malaria prevention to illustrate the relationship between trade policy and health, while two others discuss the timely and important topic of the international movement of health service providers. The third part takes a somewhat different approach by assessing the impact of trade liberalization on health and its determinants, including labour conditions and economic inequality. …

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