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Concepts and Practice of Humanitarian Medicine - S. William A. Gunn

Concepts and Practice of Humanitarian Medicine

By: S. William A. Gunn (Editor), Michele Masellis (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 26th October 2007
ISBN: 9780387722634
Number Of Pages: 324

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This book seeks to define the field of humanitarian medicine. This is the field practiced and advanced by organizations like the UN, WHO, Red Cross, Doctors without Borders, and the International Association of Humanitarian Medicine (IAHM), which all provide medical relief in developing countries as well as war and disaster situations. Co-editors Gunn and Masellis have gathered new and previously-published articles and speeches that set out the principles of humanitarian medicine, starting with the idea of health as a human right, and examining topics such as quality of life, torture, and nuclear conflict. The book takes a historical view, drawing on important treatises and conventions throughout the history of the United Nations and the World Health Organization, and paying tribute to Brock Chisholm, the first Director-General of the WHO. Contributors are all major world figures in health and human rights, including Nobel laureates Kofi Annan and Joseph Rotblat.

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"This book describes diverse elements of medicine and public health under the category of humanitarian medicine. Ranging from disaster relief efforts to nuclear nonproliferation to providing care to people in poverty, this work highlights activities of the United Nations and World Health Organization in these areas. ... the audience would appear to be readers with a specific interest in the evolution of the International Association for Humanitarian Medicine and the promotion of medical efforts by the World Health Organization." (Samuel Dorevitch, Doody's Review Service, September, 2008)

"A comprehensive, multiauthored review of the concepts of humanitarian medicine and the role of medicine in the international community. ... The text is readable with practical applications to many of the problems faced by the public health community. ... Recommended Readership: All physicians with an interest in public health, especially those who practice in areas of developing health care." (Paul Y. Takahashi, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Vol. 83 (4), April, 2008)

The Contributorsp. xv
Preamblep. xix
The Fundamentals: Human Rights and Health
The Right to Healthp. 3
Health and Human Rights-A Public Health Perspectivep. 9
Health for All or Hell for All? The Role of Leadership in Health Equityp. 15
The Declaration of Alma-Ata on Primary Health Carep. 21
Health and Human Rights: In 25 Questions and Answersp. 25
Freedom from Fear for Human Well-being: The Need for Humanitarian Medicine in the Prevention of Torture and the Treatment of its Survivorsp. 45
Humanitarian Medicine
Humanitarian Medicine: A Vision and Actionp. 57
Ethical Principles for Everyone in Health Carep. 67
Quality of Life and Medical Practicep. 79
Medical Contributors to Social Progress: A Significant Aspect of Humanitarian Medicinep. 83
Humanitarian Medicine Applied in a Highly Specialized Field: Cardiovascular Surgeryp. 93
Humanitarian Medicine for a Developing Country: Outreach to Cubap. 99
Humanitarian Basic Plastic Surgeryp. 107
International, UN and WHO Cooperation
Find New Unityp. 117
Health and Human Rights in International Legal Instrumentsp. 119
The United Nations Today: Changes in Policies and Structures-The World Summit and UN Reformp. 123
The Critical News Stories You Never Readp. 131
United Nations Humanitarian Action and the Role of Non-governmental Organizationsp. 133
The UN Founding Fathers and Dr Chisholmp. 137
Brock Chisholm-Doctor to the Worldp. 141
The Language of International Humanitarian Action: A Brief Terminologyp. 143
Disasters and Conflicts
Humanitarian Action in Major Emergenciesp. 153
The Humanitarian Postulate in Disaster Managementp. 157
Health and Social Issues of Migrants and Refugeesp. 163
Man-Conceived Disastersp. 175
The Nuclear Issue and Pugwashp. 177
Quantifiable Effects of Nuclear Conflict on Health and Societyp. 185
Avoidable Tragedy Post-Chernobyl-A Critical Analysisp. 195
Science, Research and Perspectives
The Role of Science to Improve the Quality of Life: Reflections on the Post-Genomic Erap. 211
The Ethics of Research: The Responsibility of the Researcherp. 223
The Cost of Not Doing Health Researchp. 231
Reflections on the Past, Present and Future of Medicinep. 237
Scientists, Doctors and the Nuclear Dilemmap. 241
Serving the Global Community Through eHealth: The Role of Academiap. 245
Society, Health and Equity
The Humanization of Medicine-A Religious Viewpointp. 225
Urban Social Exclusion-The Samusocial Responsep. 261
Social and Medical Progress Through Patient Education in Chronic Diseasesp. 267
An Equitable Society Protects the Health of its Weakest Members: Women and Childrenp. 277
The Humanitarian Force of the UN Millennium Development Goalsp. 289
Science and the Health of the Poorp. 299
Poverty and Disease-Health and Prosperityp. 303
The Editorsp. 309
Indexp. 311
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ISBN: 9780387722634
ISBN-10: 0387722637
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 26th October 2007
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.47