Howard Waitzkin discusses and signs copies of his new book Medicine and Public Health at the End of Empire (Paradigm Publishers) at the UNM Bookstore Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

The untold story of how corporations influenced global health care and the impacts now felt in America as the system rapidly shifts are the subjects of Waitzkin's provocative new book. Today, in the United States, people live in an era in which the prospects for more humane approaches to health care are taking root.

Strengthening access and improving public health are at the heart of the many previously little-noted actions by individuals, groups, and whole nations to put control back in the hands of patients and practitioners, as Americans of many political stripes seem to universally seek. The impacts of these changes in the United States are considerable, and they are amply illustrated by Waitzkin as the United States attempts to reorient its own system of care.

Waitzkin is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology and the School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico. He also practices medicine as a primary care practitioner in rural northern New Mexico. His work focuses on social conditions that lead to illness, unnecessary suffering and early death.

The UNM Bookstore is located at 2301 Central Ave. NE at the intersection of Cornell and Central. Contact Lani Tyler or call 277-7473 for more information.