Spartacus Review

Volume 39: 3rd November, 2009

Modern Politics

Title: Morbid Symptoms: Health under Capitalism

Author: Leo Panitch


Publisher: Merlin Press

Price: £15.95

Bookshop: Amazon

Spartacus Website: National Health Service


Morbid Symptoms focuses on the economic, social and political determinants of health under global capitalism, and on health care as an object of 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. Contributors survey structures of power and forces for change in national health care systems - from the UK, Germany and the USA to India, China, Sub-Saharan Africa and Cuba. The authors examine the impact of neo-liberal hegemony on the health industry, the WTO and the WHO; and consider key issues of international health policy.