We typically define and talk about wars using the language of politics, but what happens when you bring in a doctor's perspective on conflict? Can war be diagsed like an illness? Is the concept of peacebuilding simply the extension of healthcare and therapy beyond the individual, to encompass communities and nations? The contributors to Peace through Health: How Health Professionals Can Work for a Less Violent World engage with these ground-breaking ideas and describe tools that can further peace once war is understood as a public health problem.The idea of working for peace through the health sector has sparked many invative programs, described here by over 30 experts familiar with the theory and practice of Peace through Health. They cover topics such as prevention and therapy, program evaluations, medical ethics, activism, medical journals, human rights, and the uses of epidemiology. Those considering careers in medicine and other health and humanitarian disciplines as well as those concerned about the growing presence of militarized violence in the world will value the book's many insights.
Neil Arya is a family doctor, assistant clinical professor of family medicine at McMaster University and adjunct professor of family medicine at the University of Western Ontario, adjunct in both health studies and environmental studies at the University of Waterloo.