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The final chapter points to the continuing failure of the promise of communicability—how claiming monopolies over legitimate knowledge and stigmatizing anyone who challenges them—thwarts efforts to improve health and end health inequities. The conclusion suggests that transforming health communication and health care and strengthening their connection is possible; that the process is complex and precarious; and that such efforts can make significant contributions to the achievement of health, equity, and justice. Given the stigmatizing and denigrating effects of classifying people as incommunicable, the book ends with a proposal for collaborations designed to create incommunicability-free zones and turn each encounter enacted in medical, educational, public health, and other institutional spaces into efforts to confront health and communicative inequities and further health and communicative justice.

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