Concepts and Practice of Humanitarian Medicine by S. William A. GunnConcepts and Practice of Humanitarian Medicine by S. William A. Gunn

Concepts and Practice of Humanitarian Medicine

EditorS. William A. Gunn, Michele Masellis

Paperback | October 29, 2010

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This book seeks to define the field of humanitarian medicine. It gathers 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 and its contributors include Nobel laureates Kofi Annan and Joseph Rotblat.
S. William A. Gunn is co-editor of Understanding the Global Dimensions of Health (published 2005). He is formerly head of WHO Emergency Relief Operations, and currently President of the IAHM and editor of the Journal of Humanitarian Medicine. Michele Masellis is a surgeon specializing in burn therapy, reconstructive surgery, and inter...
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Title:Concepts and Practice of Humanitarian MedicineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.03 inPublished:October 29, 2010Publisher:Springer New YorkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:144192471X

ISBN - 13:9781441924711

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Table of Contents

Preface.- Part I: The Fundamentals: Human Rights and Health.- The Right to Health.-Health and Human Rights: A Public Health Perspective.- Health for All or Hell for All? The Role of Leadership in Health Equity.- The Declaration of Alma-Alta on Primary Health Care.- Health and Human Rights in 25 Questions and Answers.- Freedom from Fear for Human Well-Being: The Need for Humanitarian Medicine in the Prevention of Torture and the Treatment of its Survivors.- Part II: Humanitarian Medicine.- Humanitarian Medicine: A Vision and Action.- Ethical Principles for Everyone in Health Care.- Quality of Life and Medical Practice.- Medical Contributors to Social Progress: A Significant Aspect of Humanitarian Medicine.- Humanitarian Medicine Applied in a Highly Specialized Field: Cardiovascular Surgery.- Humanitarian Medicine Applied in a Developing Country.- Social and Medical Progress Through Patient Education in Chronic Diseases.- Part III: International, UN and WHO Cooperation.- Find New Unity.- Health and Human Rights in International Legal Instruments.- The United Nations Today: Changes in Policies and Structures: The World Summit and UN Reform.- The Critical News Stories You Never Read.- United Nations Humanitarian Action and the Role of Non-Governmental Organizations.- The UN Founding Fathers and Dr. Chisholm.- Book Review: Brock Chisholm, Doctor to the World.- The Language of International Humanitarian Action: A Brief Terminology.- Part IV: Disasters.- Humanitarian Action in Major Emergencies.- The Humanitarian Postulate in Disaster Management.- Health and Social Issues of Migrants and Refugees.- Man-Conceived Disasters.- The Nuclear Issue and Pugwash.- Quantifiable Effects of Nuclear Conflict on Health and Society.- Avoidable Tragedy Post-Chernobyl: A Critical Analysis.- Part V: Science, Research, and Perspectives.- The Role of Science to Improve the Quality of Life: Reflections on the Post-Genomic Era.- The Ethics of Research: The Responsibility of the Researcher.- The Cost of Not Doing Health Research.- Reflections of the Past, Present, and Future of Medicine.- Scientists, Doctors, and the Nuclear Dilemma.- Part VI: Society, Health, and Equity.- Urban Social Exclusion: The Samusocial Response.- An Equitable Society Protects the Health of its Weakest Members: Women and Children.- The Humanitarian Force of the UN Millenium Development Goals.- Science and the Health of the Poor.- Poverty and Disease: Health and Prosperity.

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From the reviews:"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)