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Binghamton University professor explores health on global scale in new book

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(WBNG) -- A Binghamton University professor has authored a new book which argues everyone in the world should have access to basic medicines.

Professor of Philosophy Nicole Hassoun began writing the book in 2012.

The book is titled "Global Health Impact: Extending Access to Essential Medicines," and explores the lack of access to medicine many people face across the world, while focusing on developing countries.

In it, Hassoun says she makes the argument that pharmaceutical companies, countries and organizations need to do their part to make sure everyone has access to medications that people rely on to combat disease and sickness.

Hassoun told 12 News she wrote the book to provoke thoughts and answer tough questions.

"What is going on in global health?" she asks. "What does the global health landscape even look like? What are pharmaceutical companies even doing? How come the medicine costs are so high?"

She says the answers are in her book.

Split into three parts, her book seeks to help in inspire readers to come up with creative ways to address the issue of medical access on a global scale.

"I mean the idea that people should have a human right to health that protects their right to live minimally well is important no matter where we are," Hassoun said. "We need to think creatively to come up with solutions to all the problems that we are facing."

The book's publishing release was delayed a year in the United States, but will officially hit the shelves next Friday, July 17.

Cal Dymowski

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