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Global health with justice

Joanna R Pozen
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (1): 56. || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01316

ALTHOUGH the title of Gostin's latest book, Global health law, may suggest a dry legal tome, it is, in fact, a highly readable exploration of the major issues and debates in the field of international health policy and governance. For those new to the field, Gostin offers an insightful overview of the overarching legal and policy regime and key institutional actors. However, the book is not a neutral primer in the basics of health law. Rather, Gostin's ultimate goal is prescriptive: he sets forth in Chapter 1 his vision for “global health with justice” as requiring a more equitable distribution of health resources than the current status quo. In turn, much of the book is devoted to making the case for the political, legal and institutional reform that would be necessary to achieve this end.

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  • Joanna R Pozen

  • Global Institute of Public Health, New York University, New York, NY, USA.

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