To Bear Witness: A Journey of Healing and Solidarity.pdf

To Bear Witness: A Journey of Healing and Solidarity.pdf


"It would be difficult for a biographer to weave together the many strands in the remarkable life of Kevin Cahill...He has practiced as a physician in the most impoverished, strife-torn, diseaseravaged parts of the world, and devoted much of his life (and considerable powers of persuasion) to humanitarian causes all over the globe. These essays, by turn elegiac, lyrical, funny, tender, nostalgic, and vehemently impassioned, come together in an ongoing tapestry, a portrait of a dedicated physician who has dared to make a difference."-Oliver Sacks, M.D. "Dr. Cahill makes a powerful argument that humanitarian action and preventive diplomacy are far better prescriptions for peace than military intervention. He writes not as an academic or think tank pundit but as a physician who has been tending patients on the front lines of misery for over half a century. To Bear Witness is an important contribution to the search for a less violent 21st century."-Michael J. O'Neill, Former President, American Society of Newspaper Editors "Humanitarian affairs as a subject of intellectual study, and in the creation of practical policies, has emerged over the last two decades as one of the key issues in international politics. In this evolution Kevin Cahill has made, and continues to make, a very important contribution. A notable humanitarian, he draws from his personal devotion to patients, his worldwide knowledge of medicine, his skills as a health administrator, and his scholarship, writings and love of literature."-Lord David Owen, Former Foreign Minister, United Kingdom


Kevin M. Cahill, M.D., is the author and editor of many books, including, most recently, History and Hope: The International Humanitarian Reader (Fordham). He is University Professor and Director of Fordham University's Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs and Clinical Professor of Tropical Medicine and Molecular Parasitology at New York University and has served as Chief Adviser on Humanitarian Affairs and Public Health for three Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly.

For more than fifty years, Kevin Cahill has been helping to heal the world: as a leading specialist in tropical medicine and as a driving force in humanitarian assistance and relief efforts across the globe. Physician, teacher, diplomat and advocate, Dr. Cahill has touched many lives and helped right many wrongs. In this revised and expanded edition, he chronicles extraordinary achievements of compassion and commitment. Bringing together a rich selection of writings - essays, op-ed pieces, speeches, and other works, many out of print or hard to find - he crafts a fascinating self portrait of a life devoted to others. The writings reflect fully the range of Cahill's passions. Reporting from places under siege - Lebanon, Somalia, Sudan, Nicaragua, Libya, Gaza and Ireland - Dr. Cahill writes as a physician and activist dealing with civil war, famine and repression, restoring lives wounded by land mines or threatened by violence and disease. Closer to home, there are his visionary statements from the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, powerful critiques of the politics of famine and public health, and programs for new forms of humanitarian assistance to transform health and human rights. This book includes selections touching on the author's more personal - but no less passionate - concerns, whether looking back as the Bronx born son of an Irish physician, or on the impact on his life of the worlds of pain and suffering in which he has traveled.


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