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Historical Dictionary of the World Health Organization

Second Edition

Kelley Lee and Jennifer Fang

The WHO’s history spans a period of over six decades, with particular emphasis on the past twenty years. This has been a particularly busy period in WHO’s development, given the transition from international to global health cooperation, and thus the need to adapt to important changes in its operating environment. In some cases, WHO has been a direct part of the institutional arrangements that have been created, and has shared the increased funding, provided for global health. In other cases, the organization has had to adapt its activities and programs in response to rival initiatives. This has led to many changes, not only to the name of specific parts of WHO but the nature of their activities; and this second edition attempts to capture some of this institutional complexity.

Historical Dictionary of the World Health Organization covers the history of the WHO through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 1000 cross-referenced entries on key bodies, programs, events and people. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the World Health Organization.
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Scarecrow Press
Pages: 546Size: 6 1/2 x 9 1/2
978-0-8108-7858-7 • Hardback • December 2012 • $133.00 • (£85.00)
978-0-8108-7859-4 • eBook • December 2012 • $126.00 • (£85.00)
Kelley Lee is professor, associate dean and director of Global Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University and professor of Global Health Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Jennifer Fang is research assistant in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University.
International documents collections and medical libraries where international health and health policy are important will want to add this resource to their collections.
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An upgrade of an invaluable sourcebook, Lee and Fang’s second edition approaches the history of WHO with a 14-page time line and a 40-page introduction to individual agencies and programs. Events from the past 15 years—monitoring of noncommunicable diseases, bioethics, and treatment distribution—indicate the direction and intent of global initiatives. The authors add commentary on an HIV vaccine and recent studies of alcohol, cancer, cardiovascular disease, deafness, diabetes, diarrhea, and food-borne illness. Recommended for public and academic libraries, particularly as a replacement for the original, 1998 edition.

This dictionary by Lee (Simon Fraser Univ.; London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) and Fang (Simon Fraser Univ.) is a substantially revised and expanded follow-up to Lee's first edition (CH, Dec'98, 36-1936). Featuring more than 1,000 entries, the volume has nearly doubled in size. Updates include the introduction, which provides an excellent overview of the World Health Organization, its history, and current challenges. Appendixes contain the constitution of the WHO, a list of member states by year of membership, programs by region, organizational structure over time, and a list of WHO directors-general and regional directors. A comprehensive bibliography completes the volume. As with the rest of the books in this series, no index is included; however, the authors attempt to remedy this with an extensive network of see also references, both within the entries and as stand-alone items. This is a welcome addition, especially to an e-reference collection. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty