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Books, Journals, New Media
August 4, 2004

Humanitarian Affairs

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2004;292(5):629-630. doi:10.1001/jama.292.5.629

This is the third book of a series reflecting the activities of the Center for International Health and Cooperation and the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs in New York City. Dr Cahill, an expert in tropical diseases, is president of the institute. The book, a collection of original essays, intends to "address fundamental questions at the heart of humanitarian action."

The center was founded by a group of physicians and diplomats who believed that health and humanitarian endeavors may provide the only common ground for initiating understanding and cooperation among peoples and nations with differing traditions and values that are shattered by war, civil conflicts, and ethnic violence. It functions in both educational and hands-on pursuits, including addressing tropical diseases and land mine saturation and in providing preventive war diplomacy, silent witness, and direct involvement in prisoner exchange and hostage release.