Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Understanding the Global Dimensions of Health comes at an opportune time, with the increasing realization that health problems in one part of the world affect other parts of the world. Disasters like the tsunami in southeast Asia and the earthquake in Pakistan, infectious disease threats such as the potential for an avian flu pandemic, and the increasing burden of chronic diseases in the developing world are global threats to health that have received worldwide attention. However, these situations represent much more than health issues because of their potential negative consequences for countries' economies, social fabric, and way of life. Moreover, while these larger events are recognized and their potential is understood, many more daily events with important impact on local communities go unnoticed.
Hyder AA, Reinke W. Global Health. JAMA. 2005;294(24):3145-3146. doi:10.1001/jama.294.24.3145