Steve Brouwer, author of Revolutionary Doctors, will discuss health care in Venezuela and Cuba on 9/2/11 in NYC.

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Steve Brouwer

Readers of the Portal may be interested in a talk this Friday (9/2/2011) at the CUNY Graduate School.  Steve Brouwer, author of the blog Venezuela Notes, will be speaking about his new book, Revolutionary Doctors published by Monthly Review Press.   He will be accompanied by the Honorable Jorge Valero Briceño, Permanent Representative of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United Nations.  The talk will take place at 7PM at the Elebash Recital Hall, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016.  Click here for a flyer.

Brouwer’s book begins with a discussion about the Cuban medical system and its programs of medical internationalism (either providing medical care directly overseas or training foreign doctors).  It goes on to consider how Cuba assisted Venezuela to create a new public health care system, known as Barrio Adentro.  Finally, Brouwer looks at the backlash against the Cuban model on the part of the US as well as the development of revolutionary medicine as part of the creation of a socialist society.  It is always mind opening to read about serious attempts to construct socialist societies; there are real alternatives to our current social structure.

Brouwer notes that medicina integral (comprehensive or whole medicine) is built on Che Guevara’s idea that “individuals can liberate and develop themselves more fully when they are devoted to the full and revolutionary development of their communities and societies…”   This conception of human development stands in stark contrast to current US political discourse where we are told that individuals develop most fully when they are disconnect from the broader social good and pursue their own selfish ends.

Readers who want some background on Venezuela prior to the talk may want to look at several articles published in our journal Social Medicine.  Rebecca Trotsky-Sirr described her experiences with Barrio Adentro in Adentro Barrio Adentro: An American Medical Student in Venezuela and Carlos Muntaner and colleagues discussed the evolution of  Barrio Adentro in Venezuela’s Barrio Adentro: participatory democracy, south-south cooperation and health care for all.

Finally, it is always worth remembering that Cuba’s medical internationalism extends to the US as we have discussed in prior postings about free medical education for US citizens in Cuba.

The talk is presented by  Monthly Review Press; Bolivarian Circle Alberto Lovera; Cuba Solidarity New York; TheIndypendent; July 26 Coalition; Casa de las Americas; The Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY; IFCO-Pastors for Peace; The Center for Place, Culture and Politics, CUNY; and others.

posted by: Matt Anderson

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3 Responses to “Steve Brouwer, author of Revolutionary Doctors, will discuss health care in Venezuela and Cuba on 9/2/11 in NYC.”


  1. 1John

    According to Ban Ki Moon and the WHO, Cuba has the best healthcare in the world and is a model that every country should adopt.

  2. 2fred schwentafsky

    steve brauwers work on the the medical revolution of south america is a wholehearted liberation from the morbid death and destruction culture put out by the evil empire. viva chavez, viva castro viva ortega viva south america and the new world.

  3. 3Casandra

    I am a Venezuelan Doctar, THIS IS A LIE, this “doctor” that OUr president is traying to stablis in the conuntry are not well trainde, they are playin with people´s ingnorance. i think that FIRS YOU NEED TO BEE WELL informed to be able to even talk about this issue!

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