Mr. Wilson has a cause- better health the world around, and he presents his case clearly, emphatically, honestly, and...

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ONE HALF THE PEOPLE: Doctors and the Crisis of World Health

Mr. Wilson has a cause- better health the world around, and he presents his case clearly, emphatically, honestly, and supported in cold hard facts. It is not pleasant reading, this survey of the ugliness and unhappiness in a world where half the people are sick and unable to work towards world peace. What is happening to the health of the people of Africa, India and China is just as important in our security as the health of our next door neighbor. Only by knowing the facts can anything be done constructively. The book highlights the story with actual cases and statistics, drawn from history and contemporary conditions. The fight, too, is studied, from the plagues and epidemics that decimated the known world of the 17th and 18th centuries, through the stories of pioneers in medicine, movements in health programs, diseases and steps toward their control. What can be done, what is being done and why more is not being done are basic issues the text presents. By way of solution, such movements as Health Insurance plans, United States Public Health Service, the World Health Organization, England's and Russia's health programs are appraised. Wilson is extraordinarily objective, offering the pros and cons in almost studied balance. It is a book intended to ""let the people know"" -- rather than a book presenting his own conclusions. Sounder from the scientific and factual angle, but less popular in appeal than, for example, the Paul De Kruif books, this should reach a serious audience, interested in books about doctors, medicine and health programs.

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1949