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The Living Tree: Traditional Medicine and Public Health in China and India (Hardback)
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The Living Tree: Traditional Medicine and Public Health in China and India (Hardback)

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Hardback 364 Pages / Published: 30/08/2014
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This volume examines the various issues in access to health issues and the role of intellectual property rights in access to drugs and the scope for using traditional medicine in public health. A team of experts from China, India, UK, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway and the Philippines have contributed to this volume. The volume examines Health Impact Fund, a mechanism that is proposed to incentivise R&D in neglected diseases and enhance access to drugs, and analyses how China and India can cooperate in traditional medicine sector besides providing reviews on the status of traditional medicine in both countries and the challenges before that sector in China and India in regulation, intellectual property rights and industrial policy. This is a unique volume that makes a significant contribution to the debates on access to medicine and role of traditional medicine in public health.

Publisher: Academic Foundation
ISBN: 9789332700833
Number of pages: 364
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Offers much food for thought and makes a valuable contribution to the literature. I hope that academics, policy makers and others involved in making health more accessible and affordable will find this volume relevant in their work." --A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India
"Hundreds of millions avoidably suffer severe health problems and millions die prematurely each year because they do not get the medicines they need. This book is the result of a tremendous international collaboration seeking to change this. Its underlying idea is that the development and distribution of important medicines should be rewarded not through high, patent-protected mark-ups but through publicly funded rewards based on their actual health impact. This would greatly reduce the prices of advanced medicines and massively increase research into the diseases of the poor as well as the efficiency of the pharmaceutical sector. The book offers a thorough exploration of this idea with special emphasis on its significance for traditional medicines widely used in India and China." --Thomas Pogge, Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs, Yale University
"Offers a highly valuable insight in the traditional medicines sector in China and India, and provides a road-map of bilateral activities that are of great importance for the sectoral development in both countries." --Wang Fenyu, vice president, Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development (CASTED)
"This timely and much-needed volume offers innovative responses to global health inequalities and the contemporary global intellectual property regime by examining the experiences of two countries that are deeply engaged in these areas, India and China. Innovative alternatives to the current global patent system are proposed including ways to employ Indian and Chinese medical systems to fill the gap in access to essential treatments. This should be required reading for anyone concerned about the future of global public health." --Murphy Halliburton, PhD, associate professor, department of anthropology, Queens College, and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

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