To Cast Out Disease

To Cast Out Disease : A History of the International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation (1913-1951)

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Though one of the most important public health agencies of the 20th century and the most powerful and richest branch of the Rockefeller Foundation, the International Health Division's history (1913-1951) has never been told before. This original work is based on a vast multitude of letters, reports and photographs the author uncovered in the Rockefeller Archives. Farley describes the internal struggles and the conflicts with foreign and US governments of the "medical barons" who ran the organization as they set its goals and tried to eradicate some of the world's most serious diseases. He also describes the first testing of DDT and the preparation for the US army of a yellow fever vaccine that turned out to be contaminated. He takes the reader into the often byzantine world where the organization endowed schools of public health and nursing in such diverse places as London, Toronto, fascist Rome, militaristic Tokyo, and Calcutta in the dying days of the British Raj. Farley enlivens the book with sketches of the personalities and prejudices of those who worked in the Division and of the scandals that rocked it from time to time. He shows that in the continuing debate between those who believe that disease is the root cause of ill health and poverty and those who see poverty as the primary cause, the Division remained firmly in the former position. He also shows that after it closed, former members exerted considerable influence on the development of the World Health Organization. Opposing some recent historians, Farley argues against the view that the Health Division served as an advance guard for American capitalism. His lively book will be welcomed by all who are interested in the history of public health, tropical disease, and medical more

Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 160 x 233.7 x 27.9mm | 748.44g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 33 black and white photographs and 8 line illustrations
  • 0195166310
  • 9780195166316

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"In this endeavour it succeeds quite well. It is well researched, highly readable, and even witty at times. To be sure, the conquest of infectious disease makes for a good story and while it is easy to get lost in the names and the places, the results speak for themselves." --International Epidemiology Association"John Farley's book is a good read. Well written, generally free of opinion and jargon, and dependent largely on primary sources, it chronicles the rise and decline of the International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation from 1913 to 1951." --JAMA..".will render an important service to researchers..."-- edical History"Overall there is much to recommend Farley's book...fill[s] this longstanding gap in the history of global public health."--Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciencesshow more

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; PART I: ROSE'S VISION ; 2. The First Stage: Rose's Vision ; 3. Rose's Vision: Tuberculosis in France (1917-1924) ; PART II: DISEASE ERADICATION ; 4. The First Hookworm Campaigns (1913-1920) ; 5. Retreat from Hookworm (1920-1930) ; 6. Yellow Fever: From Coast to Jungle ; 7. Malaria: Killing Mosquitoes and Anophilines (1915-1935) ; 8. World War II: DDT, Typhus, and Malaria ; 9. Malaria: The Ultimate Kill ; PART III: A RESEARCH PROGRAM ; 10. Reorganization and Research Laboratories (1928-1940) ; 11. Yellow Fever Vaccines: A Slap in the Face ; 12. Disease for Research ; PART IV: TRAINING THE EXPERTS ; 13. Frustrations in Sao Paulo: The Wrong Step in Rio ; 14. Northern Lights: London and Toronto ; 15. Rough Seas: Prague, Rome, Tokyo ; PART V: FINALE ; 16. Post-War Confusion: What To Do Next? ; 17. Conclusion: Swinging Pendulumsshow more

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