Brock Chisholm, the World Health Organization, and the Cold War

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"Brock Chisholm, the World Health Organization, and the Cold War" is the story of a man and an institution. Chisholm was one of the most influential Canadians of the twentieth century: a world renowned psychiatrist, he was the first director-general of the WHO. During Chisholm's lifetime, only Lester B. Pearson and Marshall McLuhan were as internationally prominent.Today, Chisholm has been largely forgotten - perhaps because he was so controversial. A fierce critic of jingoistic nationalism, he supported world peace and world government, and became a champion of the United Nations and the WHO, the building of which became his life's work. Unlike the WHO's official histories, which place the organization in a political vacuum, Farley focuses on the battles Chisholm and his allies waged during the early Cold War, when the US and the Soviet Union eyed each other warily and the Roman Catholic Church flexed its muscles on morally sensitive medical issues. Farley concludes that Chisholm tried, with limited success, to separate world health from world politics.This story of one of Canada's most influential and controversial historical figures will appeal to readers interested in post-1945 international politics, world health, and medical history, as well as to those interested in the life of Brock Chisholm and the history of the World Health Organization.
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