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A Model of Prevention

Life Lessons, 1st Edition

By David A. Hamburg


288 pages

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An autobiography of a ground-breaking medical doctor. Dr. David A. Hamburg started as a medical student with interest in stress disorders, paying special attention to the propensity toward violence, including the evolution of human aggression. This lead him on a path to becoming one of the most highly celebrated doctors in America - he was a member of President Clinton's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest civilian award of the United States). Most recently, he chaired committees at the United Nations and European Union on the prevention of genocide. This book will be inspirational for emerging scientists today.


“David Hamburg is one of the world’s great humanitarians. In this eloquently written memoir, David reflects on his wide-ranging contributions in many fields, all aimed at the goal of the world’s people living together ‘amicably and fruitfully.’ Read this volume and you will be uplifted by the amazing life story of an amazing man.”

—The Honorable Lee H. Hamilton, Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University and former US Representative (D-IN)

“David Hamburg is a remarkable man and a true citizen of the world. Throughout his career, he has shaped some of today’s most important programs and institutions in medicine and has always insisted that physicians and others in the healing professions have a special responsibility to play a role in the larger society. His path of preventing conflict at the personal, community, and global levels serves as a model for all of us in advancing changes that improve the health of all people.”

—Jo Ivey Boufford, President, New York Academy of Medicine

“David Hamburg’s book is more than a biography, it is an analysis of the foci of modern political science and economics as they seek to take into account the findings of primate biology and developments in the wild. Nothing short of an institutional coming together of Great Powers abetted and assisted by others will bring the peace that the world richly deserves but has not yet attained. A wonderful book.”

—Richard Rosecrance, Harvard University’s JFK School of Government

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Early Influences

Chapter 2 The Wider World and Wartime Experiences

Chapter 3 Institution Building

Chapter 4 The Carnegie Years

Chapter 5 From Local to Global Institutions

Chapter 6 Conclusion

About the Author

David A. Hamburg, M.D., is DeWitt Wallace Distinguished Scholar at Weill Cornell Medical College. He was President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York from 1982 to 1997. He has been Professor at Stanford University and Harvard University, President of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Among his many publications are Today's Children (1992), No More Killing Fields (2002), and Learning to Live Together (2004). Dr. Hamburg was a member of President Clinton's Defense Policy Board and the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. He was the founder of the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology, and Government. He cochaired with former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict. He is currently chairing two distinguished parallel committees at the United Nations and European Union on the prevention of genocide, reporting to Kofi Annan, Ban Ki-moon, and Javier Solana. Dr. Hamburg's many honors include the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal (its highest award) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest civilian award of the United States).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General