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Socialist Register 2010: Morbid Symptoms


Paperback, 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1-58367-203-7
Released: December 2010
There is no MR Associate Discount on Socialist Register titles.

Morbid Symptoms sees health as a major field of political economy, one that focuses on the struggle between commercial forces seeking to make it into a field of profit, and popular forces fighting to keep it — or make it — a public service with equal access for all.


  • Colin Leys, “Health, Health Care, and Capitalism”
  • Hans Ulrich Deppe, “The Nature of Health Care: Commodification versus Solidarity”
  • David Coburn, “Inequality and Health”
  • Rodney Loeppky, “Certain Wealth: Accumulation in the Health Industry”
  • Kalman Applbaum, “Marketing Global Health Care: The Practices of Big Pharma”
  • Marie Gottschalk, “US Health Reform and the Stockholm Syndrome”
  • Christoph Hermann, “The Marketization of Health Care in Europe”
  • Pat and Hugh Armstrong, “Contradictions at Work: Struggles for Control in Canadian Health Care”
  • Paula Tibandebage & Maureen Mackintosh, “Maternal Mortality in Africa: A Gendered Lens on Health System Failure”
  • Robert Albritton, “Between Obesity and Hunger: The Capitalist Food Industry”
  • Lesley Henderson, “Medical TV Dramas: Health Care as Soap Opera”
  • Julie Feinsilver, “Cuban Health Politics at Home and Abroad”
  • Shaoguang Wang, “China’s Double Movement in Health Care”
  • Mohan Rao, “ ‘Health for All’ and Neoliberal Globalization: An Indian Rope Trick”
  • Meri Koivusalo, “The Shaping of Global Health Policy”
  • Sanjay Basu, “Building a Comprehensive Public Health Movement: Learning from HIV/AIDS Mobilizations”
  • Julian Tudor Hart, “Mental Health in a Sick Society: What Are People For?”

Scholars of all stripes can surely benefit from this book: the text bridges disparate and innovative subject matters to further expand and enhance the subject of health care policy and economics.

Labour/Le Travail

Leo Panitch is professor of political science at York University, Toronto, and author of Renewing Socialism: Democracy, Strategy, and Imagination. Colin Leys is emeritus professor at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, and author of Market-Driven Politics.

Format Clear

Publication Date: December 2009

Number of Pages: 288

Paperback ISBN: 9781583672037