Understanding the Global Dimensions of Health

  • S. W. A. Gunn
  • P. B. Mansourian
  • A. M. Davies
  • A. Piel
  • B. McA. Sayers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Fundamentals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Andrew A. Arata
      Pages 35-54
    3. Bernard M. Dickens
      Pages 55-67
    4. M. Manciaux, T. M. Fliedner
      Pages 69-82
  3. Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Andrzej Wojtczak
      Pages 85-102
    3. J. Szczerbań
      Pages 103-119
    4. Pierre B. Mansourian
      Pages 121-132
    5. Arminée Kazanjian
      Pages 133-146
    6. Jean-Philippe Assal
      Pages 147-156
  4. The Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. B. McA. Sayers, Juan J. Angulo
      Pages 183-198
    3. A. Michael Davies
      Pages 213-228
  5. The Controversies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Assen Jablensky
      Pages 231-239
    3. A. P. R. Aluwihare
      Pages 241-252
    4. Anthony Piel
      Pages 253-265
    5. Gerhard W. Brauer
      Pages 267-280
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 287-303

About this book


"Health is not escaping the current bulldozer of 'globalization,' with its attendant benefits, errors, complications, and unknowns. Economic, social, political, environmental, behavioural, and even transcendental factors are being perceived as shaping the increasingly borderless world order, and societal structures, including the health professional, are finding themselves ill prepared for the changes...This book is an attempt to understand, explain and if possible act on the transformations....It is highly recommended as a welcome collection of level-headed analyses of the current confused transmutations in disease theory and health action" (Journal of Humanitarian Medicine, vol. IV, no. 4, October-December 2004).

"With a free spirit, the authors examine the bioethical, socio-political and scientific aspects of health" (World Health Organization Quarterly News, October-December 2005).

Health is a basic human right. But as our planet grows smaller, the number of people without even minimal care continues to rise. Understanding the Global Dimensions of Health brings into sharp focus the ethics and multiple questions involved in keeping the world in optimal health - and identifies the massive tasks that lie ahead.

Twenty-one internationally known contributors examine the bioethical, sociopolitical and scientific aspects of health, epidemics, aging populations, the double burden of disease, food safety, and other major health concerns of well-being at the international level. Because exporting health care expertise abroad entails more than merely translating what we know, they meet the controversies head-on:

- Are health technologies wisely used?
- Can today’s medicine coexist with traditional views and cultural practices?
- Will the configuration of health resources change as people live longer?
- Why are pandemics not controlled better?
- Who wins when health systems clash with sociopolitical systems?
- Does globalization necessarily mean the westernization and homogenization of care?

Fast changing conditions and recent catastrophic events demand answers to these and similar vital questions. The authors of Understanding the Global Dimensions of Health balance realism, optimism and social conscience in their coverage so health professionals, policymakers and leaders can address them - locally as well as globally.


Public Health World Health Organization ethics global health health health care healthcare safety

Editors and affiliations

  • S. W. A. Gunn
    • 1
  • P. B. Mansourian
    • 2
  • A. M. Davies
    • 3
  • A. Piel
    • 2
  • B. McA. Sayers
    • 4
  1. 1.International Association for Humanitarian Medicine Brock ChisholmLa Panetiere, Bogis-BosseySwitzerland
  2. 2.World Health OrganizationGenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael
  4. 4.Imperial College of Science, Technology, and MedicineLondonUK

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