Book ID: CBB989887302

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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Authors & Contributors
Cueto, Marcos
Bhattacharya, Sanjoy
Hochman, Gilberto
Brier, Jennifer M.
Irwin, Julia F.
Litsios, Socrates
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Medical History
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
Medicina Historica
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Oxford University Press
Cambridge University Press
University of North Carolina Press
World Health Organization (WHO)
Yale University Press
University of Chicago Press
Public health
Medicine and politics
Medicine and government
Prevention and control of disease
Health care
Medicine and society
Salk, Jonas Edward
McNamara, Robert Strange
Foege, William H.
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
20th century, late
19th century
20th century, early
United States
Soviet Union
Latin America
World Health Organization (WHO)
World Bank
American Red Cross
National Health Service (Great Britain)
League of Nations

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