Concepts and practice of humanitarian medicine [electronic resource]
- New York : Springer, c2008.
- Physical description
- xix, 324 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- 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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- Publisher's Summary
- 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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- Publication date
- edited by S. William A. Gunn, Michele Masellis.
- Electronic reproduction. Palo Alto, Calif. : ebrary, 2008. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ebrary affiliated libraries.