Against the Grain

Radical Convergence Around Health

According to Theodore Brown, proletarian internationalism converged with social medicine in the early twentieth century; what emerged, he asserts, was a “health internationalism” rooted in the belief that factors shaping health are embedded in the social and political order. Brown’s narrative encompasses the efforts of iconic radicals like Marx and Engels as well as the work of lesser-known but influential figures like Henry Sigerist and Andrija Štampar.

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