Book ID: CBB707811990

The World Health Organization: A History (2019)


Cueto, Marcos (Author)
Brown, Theodore M. (Author)
Fee, Elizabeth (Author)

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2019
Physical Details: 388
Language: English

According to its Constitution, the mission of the World Health Organization (WHO) was nothing less than the 'attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health' without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic status, or social condition. But how consistently and how well has the WHO pursued this mission since 1946? This comprehensive and engaging new history explores these questions by looking at its origins and its institutional antecedents, while also considering its contemporary and future roles. It examines how the WHO was shaped by the particular environments of the postwar period and the Cold War, the relative influence of the US and other approaches to healthcare, and its place alongside sometimes competing international bodies such as UNICEF, the World Bank, and the Gates Foundation. The authors re-evaluate the relative success and failure of critical WHO campaigns, from early malaria and smallpox eradication programs to struggles with Ebola today.

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Review Martin Gorsky (2020) Review of "The World Health Organization: A History". Social History of Medicine (pp. 678-679). unapi

Review Daniele Cozzoli (2020) Review of "The World Health Organization: A History". British Journal for the History of Science (pp. 126-128). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Bhattacharya, Sanjoy
Cueto, Marcos
Hulverscheidt, Marion A.
Hoyt, Kendall
Nguyen, Vinh-Kim
Sá, Ivone Manzali de
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
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Clinton, Bill
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20th century, late
21st century
20th century
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Centers for Disease Control (U.S.)

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