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To Bear Witness : A Journey of Healing and Solidarity
by Kevin M. Cahill

Overview - For more than forty-five 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, activist, diplomat, and advocate, Cahill has touched many lives and helped right many wrongs.  Read more...

 
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Overview
For more than forty-five 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, activist, diplomat, and advocate, Cahill has touched many lives and helped right many wrongs. In this book, 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, Nicaragua, Libya, and Ireland-Cahill writes as a physician and activist working to restore 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.Looking back as the Bronx-born son of an Irish physician, he also touches on more personal-but no less passionate-concerns and on the impact on his life of the worlds of pain and suffering in which he has traveled. Kevin M. Cahill, M.D., is Director of the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University and President of the Center for International Health and Cooperation in New York City. He is the author and editor of many books, including Human Security for All: A Tribute to Sergio Vieira de Mello and Technology for Humanitarian Action, both in the Fordham series International Humanitarian Affairs.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780823225064
  • ISBN-10: 0823225062
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publish Date: September 2005
  • Page Count: 270


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A doctor without borders

Many medical school graduates want to establish lucrative private practices, but for Kevin M. Cahill, M.D., the Bronx-born son of an Irish physician, that was never enough. Instead, Cahill became a leading specialist in tropical medicine, treating victims of famine, violence, war and disease for 45 years in some of the most volatile areas of the globe. He has also become a potent force in humanitarian assistance and international relief efforts as lecturer, teacher, activist, diplomat and advocate, becoming involved in a "major move to alter the ways that America delivers health services abroad." To Bear Witness: A Journey of Healing and Solidarity is an illustrated collection of Cahill's writings—from op-ed pieces and essays to speeches and articles—documenting the metamorphosis that occurred in his life as he became "immersed in the tragedies of third world countries."

Tales of Cahill's humanitarian and medical missions to Lebanon, Somalia, Nicaragua, Libya and Ireland, among other countries, lead to his desire to change the way governments form foreign policies, offering insights often left off the table in political debates, legal arguments and military planning. Cahill speaks movingly about the landmine crisis, "one of the great scourges of history . . . turning vast areas of the earth into wastelands of death, economic ruin and social disintegration." And as the chief medical advisor for Counterterrorism to the New York City Police Department, he offers another perspective on the losses of 9/11; with millions dead of disease and starvation in Somalia and Sudan, nearly a million hacked to death in Rwanda, along with massive human causalities in Armenia, Srebrenica, Congo and Central America over recent decades, "it is important to keep a balance if we are to live in an international world that also knows the constant fear of death and the reality of tragedy."

A professional from a privileged nation, Cahill's chosen work has drawn him into a personal relationship with suffering and the inequities experienced by the "downtrodden masses" who survive incredible challenges and have become his "role models in how to live with courage and joy in a harsh but still hopeful world."

Deanna Larson is a writer in Nashville.

 
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