Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
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. Some readers might find the tale a bit esoteric; diseases,
political events, and personalities from the past may seem irrelevant today.
But, in the retelling, the author underscores themes as fresh and meaningful
now as 50 years ago. The future, indeed, "is only the past again, entered
through another gate"(Arthur Pinero, The Second Mrs. Tanqueray).
Boyer MH. International Health History. JAMA. 2004;291(21):2645-2646. doi:10.1001/jama.291.21.2645