1st Edition

Global Health

Edited By John J. Kirton Copyright 2009

    In recent years, especially since the end of the cold war, the field of global health has become increasingly linked with and central to the more traditional concerns of international relations. The spread of communicable diseases, the challenge of migrating health workers and the development of new technologies and medicines have all contributed to the ever-expanding issue of global health. International organizations such as the World Health Organization, the utilization of techniques such as the creation of the framework convention on tobacco control and the development of civil society organizations such as the Gates Foundation, have all changed the face and framework of global health. Among the many benefits to the expanding interdisciplinary study of health is the possibility of preventing millions of unnecessary deaths occurring every year. By assembling from a wide array of disciplines and fields the central works that define the field in international relations today, this innovative work explores the future of global health and the possible benefits of expanding the interdisciplinary path even further.

    Contents: Introduction; Part I The Foundations and Evolution of the Field: Disease, diplomacy and international commerce: the origins of international sanitary regulation in the 19th century, Mark Harrison; Origins of international health work, N. Howard-Jones; The new World Health Organization, Walter R. Sharp; World health and world politics, Charles E. Allen; The return of infectious disease, Laurie Garrett; Ghosts of Kigali: infectious disease and global stability at the turn of the century, Andrew T. Price-Smith; The politics of global health governance: whatever happened to 'health for all by the year 2000'?, Caroline Thomas and Martin Weber. Part II Globalization and Global Health: The globalization of public health: the first 100 years of international health diplomacy, David P. Fidler; Global public health: revisiting healthy policy at the global level, Ilona Kickbusch and Evelyne de Leeuw; Globalization and the prevention and control of non-communicable disease: the neglected chronic diseases of adults, Robert Beaglehole and Derek Yach; Epidemic disease and national security, Susan Peterson. Part III Communicable Disease: The lessons of the pandemic, George Soper; Communicable disease control: a 'global public good', Richard Smith, David Woodward, Arnab Acharya, Robert Beaglehole and Nick Drager; The global governance of communicable diseases: the case for vaccine R & D, Daniele Archibugi and Kim Bizzarri; Germs, governance, and global public health in the wake of SARS, David P. Fidler; Preparing for the next pandemic, Michael T. Osterholm; Should HIV/AIDS be securitized? The ethical dilemmas of linking HIV/AIDS and security, Stefan Elbe. Part IV Health and Trade: Drug development for neglected diseases: a deficient market and a public-health policy failure, Patrice Trouiller, Piero Olliaro; Els Toreele, James Orbinski, Richard Laing and Nathan Ford; Trade policy and the politics of access to drugs, Caroline Thomas; The dilemma of intellectual property rig


    John J. Kirton, Professor, University of Toronto, Canada