*Revolutionary Doctors* is thus not merely a book to entertain and to satisfy curiosity--it is a book to help readers to a more enlightened perspective on the practice of medicine. For those who fear that universal health care would be inferior, this book is reassuring, demonstrating that quality health care for all is an attainable goal. In extending to the isolated rural poor the kinds of medical services that prosperous urbanites take for granted, Cuba and Venezuela are able to offer, not only better health, but a better way of life for all. Read this fine book to be inspired and moved by the remarkable story it tells and to challenge received notions about the distribution of medical resources and services.
How could a poor developing country be doing this while the rich neighbor to the North couldn't get its act together?! I visited Cuba a couple of times during the 1990's "Special Period" when the fall of the Soviet Union had led to an economic crisis for a nation dependent on trade with the USSR and its former allies.
Look elsewhere. Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 23, 2013I have not read the book, yet I implore people to do their own research. I have been in maternity hospitals in Cuba and the conditions are precarious to say the least, thus that. 05 mortality rate is hard to believe. I now live in the US and have family in Cuba which ask us for medications, and even glasses because they cannot get them in Cuba; so please don't insult me or the other millions of Cubans that have to endure the Cuban reality. Yes, it is true that Castro sends doctors all over the world, and they are great doctors, but what happens inside of Cuba is completely censored by the government an people from the outside see only what the government wants them to see.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 22, 2014This lady is terribly misinformed. I've lived in Vzla my whole life and this book is a bunch of BS. It may sound hopeful and nice to people living outside of Venezuela, but this book is far from reality for those of us living here. If what you're looking for is a fairy tale, then by all means read it, but let me tell you, there are better books on the subject out there.
Revolutionary Doctors: How Venezuela and Cuba Are Changing the World’s Conception of Health Care: Brouwer, Steve Brouwer: 9781583672396: Amazon. com: BooksTop reviews from the United States There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 15, 2015Product was delivered early. The exact right product. Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 14, 2017As a Venezuelan doctor, I invite anyone to read FACTUAL articles about how the healthcare is right now in Venezuela. How Infant and maternal mortality increased, how patients lack basic care, how we are losing patients because of the "brilliant" system put in place by the cuban-venezuelan regime. This book is a travesty.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 19, 2011Like the author of this book, I am the child of a doctor in the US. My dad was old fashioned--worked in an under-served rural area, made housecalls with his little black bag, and often took produce instead of cash from locals who could not afford to pay. But even with his commitment, I was aware how hard it was for many to access health care in our area. We just didn't have enough doctors for these rural areas of our nation and still don't. So when I visited Cuba in 1978 and visited local neighborhood clinics spread evenly throughout the nation so that all citizens could have access to quality health care, I was impressed.