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Brock Chisholm, the World Health Organization, and the Cold War

Brock Chisholm was one of the most influential Canadians of the twentieth century. A world-renowned psychiatrist, he was the first director-general of the World Health Organization and built it up against overwhelming political odds in the years immediately following the Second World War. An atheist and a fierce critic of jingoistic nationalism, he supported world peace and world government and became a champion of the United Nations and the WHO. Post-1945 international politics, global health issues, and medical history intersect in this highly readable account of a remarkable Canadian.

304 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The First Steps, 1945-46
2 Who Was Brock Chisholm?
3 The Interim Commission, 1946-48: The Long Wait
4 The First World Health Assemblies: Into the Cold War
5 Money Matters
6 Politics Matter
7 Social Medicine and Its Decline
8 Tuberculosis: The Vaccine Controversy
9 The Penicillin Bullet: Syphilis and Yaws
10 Malaria and Famine
11 Nearly Torn Apart: The WHO and the Catholic Church
12 Only One Term
13 Retirement
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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