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Medical News & Perspectives
February 18, 1998

Woman Physician-Politician Is New Head of WHO

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JAMA. 1998;279(7):491. doi:10.1001/jama.279.7.491-JMN0218-2-1

GRO HARLEM Brundtland, MD, MPH, a physician and former prime minister of Norway, has been elected director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) and is the first woman to lead the Geneva, Switzerland–based agency. Her election to a 5-year term by the executive body is pending approval by the full World Health Assembly in May, but confirmation is considered essentially a formality.

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