Health, Politics, and Revolution in Cuba Since 1898

3.29 avg rating
( 7 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780765803443: Health, Politics, and Revolution in Cuba Since 1898
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Challenging many of the assumptions scholars have made about the Cuban Revolution's impact on healthcare, this volume recounts one anthropologist's quest to discover the truth behind the complicated relationship between Cuba's revolution, politics, and healthcare system. Katherine Hirschfeld became interested in Cuba in the mid-1990s, after reading numerous laudatory books and articles describing the Castro regime's achievements in health and medicine. Cuba's population health indicators seemed to be far superior to those of neighboring countries, the national health costs low, and medical care free at point-of-service to the entire people. Historical records indicated that most of these positive health trends resulted from the changes instituted by Castro in 1959. Few of these authors, however, had actually spent time on the island. Thus, Hirschfeld found that academic writing on Cuba was often long on praise, but short on empirical research about what exactly had changed in Cuban medicine since 1959.

After much bureaucratic wrangling, Hirschfeld managed to secure permission to conduct long-term ethnographic research in Cuba, where she lived with families from Havana and Santiago, conducted clinic observations, interviewed doctors and patients, and was treated in a Cuban hospital during an epidemic of dengue fever. The reality of the Cuban healthcare system turned out to be different than the scholarly ideal: it was bureaucratized, authoritarian, and repressive, and most people preferred to seek healthcare in the informal economy rather than endure the material shortages, red tape, and political surveillance of the public sector. Written in the form of a first-person narrative, Health, Politics, and Revolution in Cuba Since 1898 not only critically reevaluates Cuban healthcare after the 1959 revolution; it includes chapters detailing Cuban health trends from the Spanish-American War (1898) through the fall of Fulgencio Batista in 1959 and into the present.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Katherine Hirschfeld is assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. She is the recipient of the Marjorie Shostak Award for Ethnographic Writing, and has had a photography exhibit, Havana: City on the Edge of Forever, on display at a number of universities across the United States.

Review:

"[Health, Politics and Revolution in Cuba Since 1898] is a reflection of a new generation of courageous, fact-based researchers who validate that eclectic qualitative/quantitative comparative anthropological techniques can be mighty effective--when objectively implemented--for deconstructing a closed society's crafty propaganda. In sum, this tome is exemplary science making in the best Millian-Popperian tradition with implications transcending ever-growing Cubanology.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9781412808637: Health, Politics, and Revolution in Cuba Since 1898

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  1412808634 ISBN 13:  9781412808637
Publisher: Transaction Publishers, 2008
Softcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Hirschfeld, Katherine
Published by Transaction Publishers (2006)
ISBN 10: 0765803445 ISBN 13: 9780765803443
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Transaction Publishers, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110765803445

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 54.27
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Katherine Hirschfeld
Published by Transaction Publishers (2006)
ISBN 10: 0765803445 ISBN 13: 9780765803443
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Transaction Publishers, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0765803445

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 70.42
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Hirschfeld, Katherine
Published by Transaction Publishers
ISBN 10: 0765803445 ISBN 13: 9780765803443
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Transaction Publishers. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0765803445 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW99.2005249

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 69.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

4.

Katherine Hirschfeld
Published by Transaction Publishers (2006)
ISBN 10: 0765803445 ISBN 13: 9780765803443
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Transaction Publishers, 2006. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0765803445

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 81.04
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

5.

Katherine Hirschfeld
ISBN 10: 0765803445 ISBN 13: 9780765803443
New Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BennettBooksLtd
(San Diego, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0765803445

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 96.46
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 4.95
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

6.

Hirschfeld,Katherine
Published by Routledge
ISBN 10: 0765803445 ISBN 13: 9780765803443
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Rating
[?]

Book Description Routledge. Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Hardcover A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Veteran Owned Bookshop in business since 1992!. Seller Inventory # 3471748

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 108.95
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds