Peace & Health: How a group of small-town activists and college students set out to change healthcare

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8.5 X 11.0 X 0.46 inches | 1.29 pounds
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About the Author

Charles Barber is a writer-in-residence at Wesleyan University and a lecturer in psychiatry at Yale. He has written widely on mental health and criminal justice issues, both in popular and scholarly publications, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Salon, The Nation, and Scientific American Mind. Barber has appeared on the BBC, CNN, CBS News, and NPR's Fresh Air. He lives in Connecticut with his family.


"An antidote to modern cynicism. Charles Barber brilliantly tells the astonishing story of how an idea - healthcare as a right for all - can become a reality in one community. If you think it can't be done, read this book!"

- Danielle Ofri, MD, author of When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error

"Peace & Health reads like a novel but is all true: an inspiring story about community-based healthcare too easily ignored amidst medicine's penchant for high-tech care."

- Joseph J. Fins, MD, Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics, Weill Cornell Medical College

"In this affecting and expertly crafted book, Charles Barber tells the story of how a few inspired, resourceful, militantly decent people created from scratch an enduring institution that makes a lot of people's lives better. A much-needed reminder of what we're capable of at our best."

--- Carlo Rotella, PhD, Professor of English, Boston College, and author of The World Is Always Coming to an End: Pulling Together and Apart in a Chicago Neighborhood

"For those committed to community engagement, Peace & Health provides a deep wellspring of hope."

- Chyrell Bellamy, PhD, Director, Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health

"More than a history of healthcare innovation, this book celebrates the passion that drives change in the world."

- Ian Roberts, MD, Professor of Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine