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Issues in Contemporary International Health

  • Thomas A. Lambo
  • Stacey B. Day

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Stacey B. Day, Thomas A. Lambo
      Pages 1-10
  3. Management of International Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. S. S. Fluss, Frank Gutteridge
      Pages 35-54
    3. B. Abel-Smith
      Pages 55-71
    4. Ernesto Medina
      Pages 91-110
  4. Problem Areas in International Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Elena O. Nightingale, David A. Hamburg, Allyn M. Mortimer
      Pages 113-133
    3. Thomas A. Lambo, Norman Sartorius
      Pages 135-163
    4. H. Vainio, D. M. Parkin, L. Tomatis
      Pages 165-201
    5. Ladé Wosornu
      Pages 203-226
    6. S. Prince Akpabio
      Pages 227-251
    7. N. P. Bochkov, V. E. Bulyzhenkov
      Pages 253-282
  5. Approach to Problem Solving in Developing Countries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. Stacey B. Day
      Pages 285-300
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 301-344

About this book

Introduction

Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes was once asked, "When should the training of a child commence?" "A hundred years before birth" was the reply. Indeed it is this perspective on life through posterity that underlies the maturing field of international health, embracing as it does a respon­ sibility for and an awareness of the needs of all peoples. The concepts of international health are increasingly revitalizing modern medicine as it attempts to relieve mankind of the burden of disease. Curative medicine, once the paradigm, took a relatively benefi­ cient approach to treatment. But epidemiological recognition of the fre­ quency of disease on a global basis-and an appreciation of the vast number of those afflicted-evoked a humiliating backlash of awareness that curative medicine alone neither constrains disease nor permanently advances human health, happiness, or longevity. The growing reliance on truly international health strategies by national and international agencies, including the more definite and extended practice of preven­ tive medicine, has provided the means to achieve significant gains in the quality of health in years to come. A redeeming feature of contemporary failures in science and medi­ cine is that-once intelligently studied, analyzed, and evaluated-even these failed efforts may provide real insights that can mold our capacity and determination. So it is that, more than in any bygone age, the past ten years have seen the implementation of a sound and systematic in­ frastructure for international health undertakings, thus paving the way for improved health for all.

Keywords

age birth child cognition epidemiological health medicine quality training treatment

Editors and affiliations

  • Thomas A. Lambo
    • 1
  • Stacey B. Day
    • 2
  1. 1.World Health OrganizationGenevaSwitzerland
  2. 2.World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Community-Based Education for HealthNashvilleUSA

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