If you had to read one book on global health...

If there is 1 book that you would like all global health students to read, it would be.....? Here is an impressive list of over 380 books generated by this question on Twitter!
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Four years ago, I posed a question on Twitter: If there is 1 book that you would like all global health students to read, it would be.....?

The question elicited a large number of responses and re-tweets. Here is the compilation of over 380 books recommended by a variety of people. I have provided a hyperlink to a website with more details on each book. The list is alphabetically organized using the last name of the first author of the book. I have made no effort to rank the books (which is impossible, in any case!) nor provide numbers on how many times a book was recommended (too much work!).

I am grateful to all those who contributed to this list. I am keeping it updated, roughly on a quarterly basis.

For global health movies, see this compilation of over 60 inspiring films!

Happy reading!



Abu-Sada, Caroline

In the Eyes of Others: How People in Crises Perceive Humanitarian Aid

Acharya, Bhibav & Becker, Anne

Global Mental Health Training and Practice

Adams, Vincanne

Metrics: What Counts in Global Health

Adeyi, Olusoji

Global Health In Practice: Investing Amidst Pandemics, Denial Of Evidence, And Neo-dependency

Adler-Bolton, Beatrice & Vierkant, Artie

Health Communism: A Surplus Manifesto

Akbar, Arifa Consumed: A Sister's Story
Alexander, Jessica Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid
Alfred, Taiaiake

It’s All about the Land: Collected Talks and Interviews on Indigenous Resurgence

Anderson, Warwick Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine, Race, and Hygiene in the Philippines

Andrews, Kehinde

The New Age of Empire: How Racism and Colonialism Still Rule the World

Antia, Noshir

A Life of Change: The Autobiography of a Doctor

Anya, Ike

Small by Small: Becoming a Doctor in 1990s Nigeria

Archibald-Varley, Amie & Fung, Sara

The Wisdom of Nurses

Arole, Rajanikant & Mabelle Jamkhed: A Comprehensive Rural Health Project

Armytage, Rosita

Big Capital In An Unequal World

Ashley, Florence


Asi, Yara

How War Kills

Atkinson, Anthony

Inequality: What Can Be Done?

Baker, Josephine

Fighting For Life

Bang, Rani

Putting Women First: Women and Health in a Rural Community

Banerjee, Abhijit & Duflo, Esther

Poor Economics

Banerjee, Abhijit & Duflo, Esther

Good Economics for Hard Times

Bashford, Alison

Imperial Hygiene: A Critical History of Colonialism, Nationalism and Public Health

Barber, Benjamin


Bartolo, Pietro & Tilotta, Lidia

Tears of Salt: A Doctor's Story of the Refugee Crisis

Barry, John

The Great Influenza

Bass, Emily To End A Plague
Beard, Mary Women & Power: A Manifesto

Behrman, Greg

The Invisible People

Benatar, Solomon

Global Health and Global Health Ethics

Benjamin, Ruha

Viral Justice: How We Grow The World We Want

Benton, Adia

HIV Exceptionalism

Berkowitz, Aaron

One by One by One

Bhakuni, Himani & Miotto, Lucas

Justice in Global Health

Bhambra, Gurminder & Gebrial, Dalia & Nisanclogu, Kerem

Decolonising the University

Bhopal, Kalwant & Myers, Martin

Elite Universities and the Making of Privilege

Biccard, Bruce

Safer Surgery for Africa: Challenges and Solutions

Biehl, João & Petryna, Adriana

When People Come First


Birn, Anne-Emanuelle & Pillay, Yogan & Holtz, Timothy

Textbook of Global Health

Black, Benjamin

Belly Woman: Birth, Blood & Ebola: The Untold Story

Blackstock, Uche


Block, Jennie; Lysaught, Therese & Martins, Alexandre

A Prophet to the Peoples: Paul Farmer's Witness and Theological Ethics

Bollyky, Thomas

Plagues and the Paradox of Progress

Brauman, Rony

Humanitaire : Le Dilemme

Breihl, Jaime

Critical Epidemiology and the People's Health


Bresnahan, Andrew & Brindamour, Mahli & Charles, Christopher Upstream Medicine: Doctors for a Healthy Society

Brown, Damien

Band-Aid for a Broken Leg: Being a Doctor with No Borders

Brown, Jasmine

Twice as Hard

Budabin, Alexandra & Richey, Lisa Ann

Batman Saves The Congo

Burgess, Rochelle

Rethinking Global Health

Buse, Kent; Mays, Nicholas; Colombini, Manuela; Fraser, Alec; Khan, Mishal; Walls, Helen

Making Health Policy, 3rd Edition

Cagle, Hugh

Assembling the Tropics: Science and Medicine in Portugal's Empire

Camus, Albert

The Plague

Capua, Ilaria

Circular Health: Empowering the One Health Revolution

Celi, Leo Anthony & Majumder Maimuna & Ordonez, Patricia & Osorio, Juan Sebastian & Paik, Kenneth & Somai, Melek

Leveraging Data Science For Global Health

Chambers, Robert

Whose Reality Counts?

Chigudu, Simukai

The Political Life of an Epidemic

Chowdhury, Mushtaque; Ahmed, Yasmin; Islam, Khairul & Moral, Shishir

50 Years of Bangladesh: Advances in Health

Clarke, Rachel

Breathtaking: Inside the NHS in a time of pandemic

Cleghorn, Elinor

Unwell Women: Misdiagnosis and Myth in a Man-made World

Clinton, Chelsea & Sridhar, Devi

Governing Global Health

Collins, Charles & Green, Andrew Valuing Health Systems: A Framework for Low and Middle Income Countries

Conrad, Joseph

Heart of Darkness

Connelly, Matthew

Fatal Misconception

Crane, Johanna Scrambling for Africa: AIDS, Expertise, and the Rise of American Global Health Science

Crisp, Nigel

Turning The World Upside Down

Daar, Abdallah & Singer, Peter

The Grandest Challenge

Dallaire, Romeo

Shake Hands With The Devil

Damluji, Hassan

The Responsible Globalist: What Citizens of the World Can Learn from Nationalism

Davis, Angela

Are Prisons Obsolete?

Davis, Meg

The Uncounted: Politics of Data in Global Health

Davis, Mike

El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World

de Haan, Arjan

How the Aid Industry Works

Dearden, Nick

Pharmanomics: How Big Pharma Destroys Global Health

Deaton, Angus The Great Escape-Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality

Desowitz, Robert

The Malaria Capers

Diab, Jasmin Lilian Dignity in Movement: Borders, Bodies and Rights
Dionne, Kim Yi

Doomed Interventions: The Failure of Global Responses to AIDS in Africa

Downs, Jim Maladies of Empire: How Colonialism, Slavery, and War Transformed Medicine
Doyal, Lesley & Pennell, Imogen The Political Economy of Health

Dubos, Rene

The Mirage of Health

Dutt, Barkha


Dye, Christopher

The Great Health Dilemma

Easterly, William

The Tyranny of Experts

Easterly, William

The White Man’s Burden

Eban, Katherine Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom

Enkh-Amgalan, Handaa


Epstein, Helen

The Invisible Cure: Why We Are Losing the Fight Against AIDS in Africa

Fadiman, Anne

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Fanon, Frantz

The Wretched of the Earth

Fanon, Frantz

Black Skin, White Masks

Farmer, Paul

Infection and Inequalities

Farmer, Paul

Reimagining Global Health

Farmer, Paul

To Repair The World

Farmer, Paul

Pathologies of Power

Farmer, Paul

AIDS and Accusation

Farmer, Paul

Fevers, Feuds, And Diamonds

Farrar, Jeremy & Ahuja, Anjana

The Spike: The Virus vs. The People

Ferris, Ramesh

Better than a Cure: One Man's Journey to Free the World of Polio

Fifield, Adam A Mighty Purpose How Jim Grant Sold the World on Saving Its Children
Flood, Colleen & Gross, Aeyal

The Right to Health at the Public/Private Divide

Flood, Colleen; Vanessa MacDonnell, Jane Philpott, Sophie Thériault, Sridhar Venkatapuram

Vulnerable: The Law, Policy and Ethics of COVID-19

Foege, William

House on Fire

Folbre, Nancy

Who Pays for the Kids?: Gender and the Structures of Constraint

France, David How to Survive a Plague

Freire, Paulo

Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Frerichs, Ralph

Deadly River: Cholera and Cover-Up in Post-Earthquake Haiti

Freudenberg, Nicholas

Lethal But Legal

Galea, Sandro The Contagion Next Time
Gates, Bill

How to Prevent the Next Pandemic

Gates, Melinda The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World
Garrett, Laurie The Coming Plague

Garrett, Laurie

Betrayal of Trust

Gawande, Atul


Gawande, Atul

Checklist Manifesto

Gehl, Lynn

Claiming Anishnaabe: Decolonizing the human spirit

George, Rose

The Big Necessity

Geronimus, Arline


Ghosh, Amitav

The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis

Giridharadas, Anand Winners Take All
Gilmore, Ruth Wilson

Abolition Geography: Essays Towards Liberation

Glassman, Amanda & Temin, Miriam

Millions Saved

Goodall, Jane & Abrams, Douglas

The Book of Hope

Goldhill, David

Catastrophic Care

Gostin, Lawrence & Meier, Benjamin Mason

Global Health Law & Policy

Gostin, Lawrence & Meier, Benjamin Mason Foundations of Global Health &  Human Rights
Gostin, Lawrence Global Health Security
Gostin, Lawrence Global Health Law
Green, Monica (editor)

Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World: Rethinking the Black Death

Hall-Clifford, Rachel Underbelly
Hannah-Jones, Nikole (editor) The 1619 Project
Harman, Sophie Global Health Governance

Harris, Joseph

Achieving Access: Professional Movements and the Politics of Health Universalism

Harris, Matthew

Decolonizing Healthcare InnovationLow-Cost Solutions from Low-Income Countries

Harrison, Gordon

Mosquitoes, Malaria, and Man

Hernandez, Daisy

The Kissing Bug: A True Story of a Family, an Insect, and a Nation's Neglect of a Deadly Disease

Hernandez, Jessica

Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes through Indigenous Science

Hewlett, Barry

Ebola, Culture and Politics: The Anthropology of an Emerging Disease


Hickel, Jason The Divide: Global Inequality from Conquest to Free Markets

Hochschild, Adam

King Leopold's Ghost

Hofman, Michiel & Au Sokhieng

The Politics of Fear

Hoen, Ellen 't

Private Patents and Public Health

Holmes, Seth

Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies

Horton, Richard
Hotez, Peter The Deadly Rise of Anti-science
Hotez, Peter Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel's Autism: My Journey as a Vaccine Scientist, Pediatrician, and Autism Dad
Hotez, Peter

Preventing the Next Pandemic: Vaccine Diplomacy in a Time of Anti-science

Howard, Jonathan We Want Them Infected
Hujo, Katja & Carter, Maggie Between Fault Lines And Front Lines
Hunleth, Jean Children as Caregivers: The Global Fight against Tuberculosis and HIV in Zambia
Hymes, Robert & Green, Monica

New Evidence for the Dating and Impact of the Black Death in Asia

Illich, Ivan

Medical Nemesis

Ismail, Edna Adan

A Woman of Firsts: The true story of the midwife who built a hospital and changed the world

Jain, Yogesh & Sarah Nabia (editors)

Covid-19: A View from the Margins

Jamison, Kay Redfield

Fires In The Dark

Johnson, Stephen

Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer

Johnson, Stephen

The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic

Kabat, Geoffrey

Getting Risk Right

Kabeer, Naila

Reversed Realities: Gender Hierarchies in Development Thought

Kaplan-Myrth, Nili (editor)

Breaking Canadians: Health Care, Advocacy, and the Toll of COVID-19

Keating, Conrad

Tore Godal and the Evolution of Global Health

Kelland, Kate

Disease X: The 100 Days Mission to End Pandemics

Keltner, Dacher

The Power Paradox

Kendi, Ibram How to Be an Antiracist

Kenworthy, Nora

Crowded Out

Kerouedan, Dominique 

Géopolitique de la santé mondiale

Keshavjee, Salmaan

Blind Spot: How Neoliberalism Infiltrated Global Health

Khan, Themrise; Kanakulya Dickson; Maïka Sondarjee

White Saviorism in International Development

Keyes, Katherine & Galea, Sandro

Population Health Science

Kidder, Tracy

Mountains Beyond Mountains

Klein, Naomi

This Changes Everything

Krieger, Nancy

Epidemiology and the People's Health

Krishna, Anirudh

One Illness Away

Krishnan, Vidya

Phantom Plague

Kristof, Nicholas

Chasing Hope

Kucharski, Adam

The Rules of Contagion

Labonte, Ronald & Ruckert, Arne

Health Equity in a Globalizing Era

Lachenal, Guillaume

The Doctor Who Would Be King

Laharia, Chandrakant; Kang, Gagandeep & Guleria, Randeep

Till We Win: India's Fight Against The Covid-19 Pandemic

Lakoff, Andrew

Unprepared Global Health in a Time of Emergency

Lamb, Christina

Our Bodies, Their Battlefield

Levin, Cynthia Changyit

From Changing Diapers to Changing the World

Lewis, Michael

The Premonition: A Pandemic Story

Lewis, Stephen

Race Against Time

Linton, Samara & Walcott, Rianna

The Colour of Madness

Lipsky, Michael

Street-Level Bureaucracy

Livingston, Julie

Improvising Medicine: An African Oncology Ward in an Emerging Cancer Epidemic

Lister, John Health Policy Reform: Global Health Versus Private Profit
Loomis, Joshua

Epidemics: The Impact of Germs and Their Power over Humanity

Lougheed, Kathryn

Catching Breath: The Making and Unmaking of Tuberculosis

Luhrmann, TM

Our Most Troubling Madness

MacIntyre, Raina

Dark Winter: An insider’s guide to pandemics and biosecurity

Madan, TN

Doctors and Society

Marmot, Michael

The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World

Marya, Rupa & Patel, Raj Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice
Mascarehnas, Anuradha

At The Wheel of Research: An Exclusive Biography of Dr Soumya Swaminathan

Maskalyk, James Six Months in Sudan

Mason, Katherine

Mayblin, Lucy

Asylum after Empire

Maynard, Robin & Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Rehearsals for Living

Maxmen, Amy

Ebola's Unpaid Heroes: How billions in aid skips over those at the frontline

Maynard, Robyn & Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Rehearsals for Living

Mazzucato, Mariana & Collington, Rosie

The Big Con

Mbali, Mandisa

South African AIDS Activism and Global Health Politics

McDowell, Andrew

McGoey, Linsey

No Such Thing as a Free Gift

McGuire, James

Wealth, Health, and Democracy in East Asia and Latin America

McInnes, Colin; Lee, Kelley & Youde, Jeremy (editors)

The Oxford Handbook of Global Health Politics

McKenna, Maryn

Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats

McNeill, William Hardy

Plagues and Peoples

Meier, Benjamin Mason & Gostin, Lawrence Human Rights in Global Health: Rights-Based Governance for a Globalizing World

Melrose, Dianna

Bitter pills : medicines and the Third World poor

Mendenhall, Emily

Unmasked: COVID, Community, and the Case of Okoboji


Mendenhall, Emily & Nichter, Mark

Rethinking Diabetes: Entanglements with Trauma, Poverty, and HIV

Merson, Michael

The AIDS Pandemic: Searching for a Global Response

Messac, Luke

No More to Spend: Neglect and the Construction of Scarcity in Malawi's History of Health Care

Metzl, Jonathan

Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland

Mialon, Melissa

Big Food & Cie


Minn, Pierre

Where They Need Me

Missoni, Eduardo & Pacileo, Guglielmo & Tediosi, Fabrizio

Global Health Governance and Policy


Mitchell-Walthour, Gladys

The Politics of Survival: Black Women Social Welfare Beneficiaries in Brazil and the United States

Mohapatra, Seema & Wiley, Lindsay

Feminist Judgments: Health Law Rewritten

Morris, JN

Uses of Epidemiology

Moses, Dirk; Duranti, Marco; Burke, Roland

Decolonization, Self-Determination, and the Rise of Global Human Rights Politics

Mugyenyi, Peter Genocide by Denial: How Profiteering from HIV/AIDS Killed Millions

Mukhopadhyay, Baijayanta

Country of Poxes: Three Germs and the Taking of Territory

Mukwege, Denis

Plaidoyer pour la vie

Munk, Nina

The Idealist

Mukherjee, Joia

An Introduction to Global Health Delivery

Myers, Samuel & Frumkin, Howard

Planetary Health: Protecting Nature to Protect Ourselves

Nabhan, Chadi

Toxic Exposure

Nattrass, Nicoli

Mortal Combat: AIDS Denialism and the Struggle for Antiretrovirals in South Africa

Nayyar, Geeta; Castles, Tom; Murtha, Jack

Dead Wrong: Diagnosing and Treating Healthcare's Misinformation Illness

Neely, Abigail

Reimagining Social Medicine from the South

Nguyen, Eric & Burman, Scott

White Savior (Comic)

Nott, David

War Doctor: Surgery on the front line

Novogratz, Jacqueline

The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

Noy, Shiri Banking on Health The World Bank and Health Sector Reform in Latin America
Nundy, Shantanu Care After Covid
Nunes, Joao Security, Emancipation and the Politics of Health

Orbinski, James

An Imperfect Offering

Oshinsky, David

Polio: An American Story

Osmundson, Joseph

Virology: Essays for the Living, the Dead, and the Small Things in Between

Packard, Randall

A History of Global Health

Packard, Randall

The Making of a Tropical Disease

Pamuk, Orhan

Nights of Plague

Paris, Django & Winn, M

Humanizing Research

Patel, Raj

Stuffed and Starved

Pearlman, Wendy

We Crossed a Bridge and It Trembled: Voices from Syria

Pepin, Jacques

The Origins of AIDS

Petchesky, Rosalind

Global Prescriptions

People's Health Movement, Medact, Third World Network, Health Poverty Action, Medico International, ALAMES, Viva Sud, Sama

Global Health Watch 6: In the Shadow of the Pandemic

Phillips, Ben How To Fight Inequality And Why That Fight Needs You
Philpott, Jane

Health for All: A Doctor's Prescription for a Healthier Canada

Picard, Andre Matters of Life and Death
Picard, Andre Neglected No More

Piot, Peter

No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses

Pisani, Elizabeth

The Wisdom of Whores

Prince, Ruth

Making and Unmaking Public Health in Africa

Quick, Jonathan

The End of Epidemics

Quam, Lois

Who Runs the World? Unlocking the Talent and Inventiveness of Women Everywhere

Quammen, David

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

Quinn, Daniel


Rajan, Raghuram

The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind

Rao, Sujatha

Do We Care?

Rashid, Sabina Faiz

Poverty, Gender and Health in the Slums of Bangladesh: Children of Crows

Raviglione, Mario; Tediosi, Fabrizio; Villa, Simone; Casamitjana, Nuria; Placencia, Antoni

Global Health Essentials

Rawls, John

A Theory of Justice

Raworth, Kate

Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

Ray, Keisha

Black Health: The Social, Political, and Cultural Determinants of Black People's Health

Ray, Victor

On Critical Race Theory

Reddy, Srinath

Pulse to Planet : The Long Lifeline of Human Health

Reddy, Srinath

Making Health in India

Reid, Nova

The Good Ally

Reperant, Leslie

Fatal Jump: Tracking the Origins of Pandemics

Richardson, Eugene

Epidemic Illusions: On the Coloniality of Global Public Health

Robin, Marie-Monique

La fabrique des pandémies (French)

Robinson, Kim Stanley

The Ministry for the Future

Rodney, Walter

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa

Rosling, Hans


Rosenberg, Mark

Real Collaboration

Roy, Arundhati My Seditious Heart

Roy, Victor

Capitalizing A Cure

Riley, James

Rising Life Expectancy: A Global History

Rukmini, S

Whole Numbers and Half Truths: What Data Can and Cannot Tell Us About Modern India

Russell, Sharman Apt

Within Our Grasp: Childhood Malnutrition Worldwide and the Revolution Taking Place to End It

Ryan, Frank

Tuberculosis – The Greatest Story Never Told

Sainath, P

Everybody Loves a Good Drought: Stories from India's Poorest Districts

Sanders, David The struggle for health: Medicine and the politics of underdevelopment (second edition)

Sangaramoorthy, Thurka

Landscapes of Care: Immigration and Health in Rural America

Schama, Simon

Foreign Bodies: Pandemics, Vaccines, and the Health of Nations

Schwab, Tim

The Bill Gates Problem: Reckoning with the Myth of the Good Billionaire

Sen, Amartya

Development as Freedom

Sen, Amartya

The Idea of Justice

Sen, Gita

Development, Crises and Alternative Visions

Sengupta, Amit

Political Journeys in Health

Shah, Raj

Big Bets

Shah, Sonia


Shaheen-Hussain, Samir

Fighting for a Hand to Hold: Confronting Medical Colonialism against Indigenous Children in Canada

Shankar, Arjun

Brown Saviors and Their Others: Race, Caste, Labor, and the Global Politics of Help in India

Sheldrick, Michael

Shilts, Randy

And The Band Played On

Shrime, Mark

Solving For Why

Siddiqi, Sameen; Mataria, Awad; Rouleau, Katherine; Iqbal, Meesha

Making Health Systems Work In Low and Middle Income Countries

Sinclair, Upton

The Jungle

Skloot, Rebecca The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Skolnik, Richard Global Health 101

Smilios, Maria

The Black Angels: The untold story of the nurses who helped cure tuberculosis

Smith, Lindia

Decolonizing Methodologies

Solnit, Rebecca & Thelma Young Lutunatabua

Not Too Late: Changing the Climate Story from Despair to Possibility

Sontag, Susan

Illness as Metaphor

Sowemimo, Annabel

Divided: Racism, Medicine and Why We Need to Decolonise Healthcare

Sridhar, Devi

Preventable: How a Pandemic Changed the World & How to Stop the Next One

Sridhar, Devi The Battle Against Hunger

Stanley, Jason

How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them

Steinberg, Jonny

Three Letter Plague

Stepan, Nancy Leys

Eradication: Ridding the World of Diseases Forever?: Ridding the World of Disease Forever?

Strathdee, Steffanie & Patterson, Thomas The Perfect Predator

Steere-Williams, Jacob

The Filth Disease: Typhoid Fever and the Practices of Epidemiology in Victorian England

Stuckler, David & Basu, Sanjay

The Body Economic

Supari, Siti

It's Time for the World to Change in the Spirit of Dignity, Equity and Transparency

Szreter, Simon

Health and Wealth: Studies in History and Policy 

Taiwo, Olufemi

Against Decolonization

Taranath, Anu

Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World

Tassier, Troy

The Rich Flee and the Poor Take the Bus

Thiong’o, Ngugi wa Secure the Base: Making Africa Visible in the Globe
Thrasher, Steven

The Viral Underclass: The Human Toll When Inequality and Disease Collide

Thunberg, Greta

The Climate Book

Tracey, Kevin

Fatal Sequence: The Killer Within

Tripathi, Amrita, Abhijit Nadkarni & Soumitra Pathare 

Life Interrupted: Understanding India's Suicide Crisis

Tumbe, Chinmay

Age of Pandemics

Varlik, Nukhet

Plague and Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean World

Venkat, Bharat At the Limits of Cure
Venkatapuram, Sridhar Health Justice: An Argument from the Capabilities Approach
Veeraraghavan, Rajesh

Patching Development: Information Politics and Social Change in India

Verghese, Abraham

Cutting For Stone

Verghese, Abraham

My Own Country

Vijayakumar, Gowri

At Risk: Indian Sexual Politics and the Global AIDS Crisis

Villarosa, Linda

Under The Skin

Vince, Gaia

Nomad Century: How Climate Migration Will Reshape Our World

Vineis, Paulo

Health Without Borders: Epidemics in the Era of Globalization

Vuong, Ocean

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous


Waitzkin, Howard & Alina Perez & Matt Anderson

Social Medicine and the Coming Transformation

Walsh, Sinead & Johnson

Getting to Zero

Wald, Priscilla

Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative

Waldron, Ingrid

There’s Something In The Water

Walia, Harsha

Border and Rule: Global Migration, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist Nationalism

Walker, Darren

From Generosity to Justice: A New Gospel of Wealth

Walt, Gill

Health Policy: An Introduction to Process and Power

Warah, Rasna

Lords of Impunity

Wardere, Hibo

Cut: One Woman's Fight Against FGM in Britain Today

Washington, Harriet

Medical Apartheid

Webb, James

Humanity's Burden: A Global History of Malaria

Weber, Leanne

Globalization and Borders

Wendland, Claire

A Heart For the Work

Wenham, Clare

Feminist Global Health Security

Werner, David

Helping Health Workers Learn

Werner, David & Sanders, David Questioning the Solution: The Politics of Primary Health Care and Child Survival

Werner, David

Where There is No Doctor

White, Alexandre

Epidemic Orientalism: Race, Capital, and the Governance of Infectious Disease

Wilkerson, Isabel

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

Williams, Brian

The Bodies Keep Coming: Dispatches from a Black Trauma Surgeon on Racism, Violence, and How We Heal

Wilkinson, David & Pickett, Kate

The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better

Willem, Jean Pierre

Et la paix, docteur? : un médecin sur tous les fronts

Woodward, Bob


Wolff, Jonathan

The Human Right To Health

World Health Organization

Constitution of the World Health Organization

Wray, Britt

Generation Dread: Finding Purpose in an Age of Climate Crisis

Wunsch, Hannah

The Autumn Ghost: How the Battle Against a Polio Epidemic Revolutionized Modern Medical Care

Yanguas, Pablo

Why We Lie About Aid

Yamin, Alicia

When Misfortune Becomes Injustice

Yamin, Alicia

Power, Suffering, and the Struggle for Dignity Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter

Yasmin, Seema The Impatient Dr. Lange: One Man's Fight to End the Global HIV Epidemic
Yasmin, Seema If God Is A Virus
Yengde, Suraj

Caste Matters

Youde, Jeremy Global Health Governance

Zakaria, Rafia

Against White Feminism

Zinsser, Hans

Rats, Lice and History

Zurbrigg, Sheila

Rakku's Story : Structures of Ill-health and the Source of Change

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Go to the profile of Dhruv Mankad
over 5 years ago

I would like to add:

1. Doyal, Lesley; Pennel Imogen -The Political Economy of Health,  Pluto Press, London, 1979 . (Altogether a stimulating book and a worthy contribution to current debates on the politics of health Lancet)  

This book inspired many of us to gaze at an ill person attending ones clinic, a group of people you interact, gender you have and society in which you live, with the glasses of  Social Science, Politics and Economics. 

2.  Ehrenrich, Barbara and English, Deirdre ; For Her Own Good - 150 years if the Experts advice to women. Pluto Press, London, 1979 (Again, this work laid down foundation of non-pure scientific nature of medical science, particularly about women's body, soul and nature, her social identity and her illnesses. It pushed the women's health movement globally.)

3. Sujatha V., Abraham, Leena (Ed.); Medical Pluralism in Contemporary India, Orient Black Swan, Hyderabad (2012)

(This book adds on a historical, cultural and in someway a subaltern political perspective about Health, illnesses and health care in the persisting existence of 'other', 'alternate', 'indigenous', 'ancient or traditional' medicine in the predominant 'biomedicine', 'modern or scientific' medicine. Though it is contextually placed in Indian setting, it's application is equally relevant, globally)

Dhruv Mankad

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over 5 years ago

And here is my list!! http://www.publichealthstrategies.net/most-inspiring-public-health-books/

Go to the profile of Onaoluwa Abimbola
almost 4 years ago

Now, this sounds like a birthday wish list. Great collection here. Will definitely add to my library from these.