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Concepts and Practice of Humanitarian Medicine

  • Chapter contributors include Kofi Annan and Boutros Boutros-Ghali (current and former Secretaries-General of the UN). Also Nobel Peace Prize laureate Joseph Rotblat and co-founder of Doctors without Borders and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Xavier Emmanuelli

  • Companion to Gunn's previous book, Understanding the Global Dimensions of Health

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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Table of contents (41 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-XIX
  2. The Fundamentals: Human Rights and Health

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. The Right to Health

      • S. W. A. Gunn
      Pages 3-7
    3. The Declaration of Alma-Ata on Primary Health Care

      • S. William A. Gunn, Michele Masellis
      Pages 21-23
  3. Humanitarian Medicine

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 55-55
    2. Humanitarian Medicine: A Vision and Action

      • M. Masellis, S.W.A. Gunn
      Pages 57-66
    3. Ethical Principles for Everyone in Health Care

      • C. Rollins Hanlon
      Pages 67-77
    4. Quality of Life and Medical Practice

      • Radana Königová
      Pages 79-81
    5. Humanitarian Basic Plastic Surgery

      • Bishara S. Atiyeh
      Pages 107-113
  4. International, UN and WHO Cooperation

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 115-115
    2. Find New Unity

      • Kofi Annan
      Pages 117-118
    3. Health and Human Rights in International Legal Instruments

      • S. William A. Gunn, Michele Masellis
      Pages 119-121

About this book

Concepts and Practice of Humanitarian Medicine

Edited by S. William A. Gunn and Michele Masellis, International Association for Humanitarian Medicine, Switzerland

 

As major events like war, epidemics, and climate change continue to push global health issues to the fore, the international medical community is called upon more than ever to address the needs of the most vulnerable. Concepts and Practice of Humanitarian Medicine brings public health and human rights concerns together, uniting medical, scientific, sociopolitical, and historical perspectives to reaffirm this vision. Forty-one essays from 33 international contributors set out the principles of humanitarian medicine, beginning with the concept of health as a human right, and examining topics such as quality of life, torture, and nuclear conflict. The book draws on important treaties and conventions throughout the history of the United Nations and the World Health Organization, and pays tribute to the efforts of individuals and organizations working to correct health inequities worldwide.

A sampling of the topics:

  • The potential of humanitarian medicine in torture prevention and intervention.
  • The varied roles of international and nongovernmental agencies in humanitarian medicine.
  • Critical issues specific to women, children, migrants, refugees, and the poor.
  • Health effects in an increasingly nuclear world.
  • Applications of humanitarian medicine in specialized areas such as heart surgery and trauma.

Already acclaimed when first published as the pioneering book, Humanitarian Medicine, this new edition includes 14 additional thought-provoking chapters. The contributors are all major world figures in health and human rights, including Nobel Laureates Kofi Annan and Sir Joseph Rotblat. For those committed to the new health frontiers around the world—particularly researchers, professionals, social scientists, and policymakers in public health, global health, and human rights—Concepts and Practice of Humanitarian Medicine is both informative and empowering reading.

 

Reviews of the first edition:

"Challenging… Providing much food for thought. The prestigious authors add to the uniqueness of the publication."

–WHO, Health Action in Crises

 

"A galaxy of authors that includes three Nobel Laureates, two Secretaries-General of the United Nations, and two Directors-General of the World Health Organization promises a book of the highest interest. The result fully justifies the promise."

Journal of Humanitarian Medicine

 

"A remarkable array of chapters of prime importance, and a complete view of the technical, philosophical, ethical, and humanist issues to inspire reflection."

–Prof. Baron Michel Lechat, Centre de Rechèrches en Epidémiologie des Désastres, Belgium

Keywords

  • Global Health
  • Human Rights
  • International Public Health
  • NGOs
  • Public Health
  • United Nations
  • World Health Organization
  • developing countries
  • disaster medicine
  • humanitarian organizations
  • prevention
  • quality of life
  • refugees
  • third world

Reviews

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)

Editors and Affiliations

  • International Association for Humanitarian Medicine, Bogis-Bossey, Switzerland

    S. William A. Gunn

  • Mediterranean Council for Burns and Fire Disasters, Palermo, Italy

    Michele Masellis

About the editors

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 international health. He is Director of the IAHM.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Concepts and Practice of Humanitarian Medicine

  • Editors: S. William A. Gunn, Michele Masellis

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-72264-1

  • Publisher: Springer New York, NY

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag New York 2008

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-387-72263-4

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4419-2471-1

  • eBook ISBN: 978-0-387-72264-1

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XX, 324

  • Topics: Public Health

Buying options

eBook USD 74.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-0-387-72264-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 99.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)