The author’s ambiguity also translates ters in public health, but he knew how to was “crucified” by some at the time.
in other ways; indeed whether through surround himself with the best experts of As an international organization,
indecisiveness or concern for impartiality the time and had confidence in youth. WHO, even in the earliest years suffered
Farley lets some doubts persist that lead His directors of finance and publications from its members’ nationalistic interests
to vague interpretations and sometimes were both aged 38 when appointed, and I and lack of political will, exacerbated by
give the impres- recall when he of- the Cold War. The hot tensions were not
sion of a ficiated at our particular to Chisholm’s period — 4 of his
dreamy, imprac- Being outside the club medical gradua- successors faced similar problems — but
tical man with tion, his passion- it was he who first confronted them and,
wooly ideas on was an advantage. ate message was: given the maddening complexities, it is to
such issues as “safeguard your the credit of his capacity for damage con-
poverty, family planning, peace, social youthful vision and work health into so- trol that the ship maintained its course and
services and medical coverage. That op- cial justice.” And as his objective was has safely sailed through its 60th year.
ponents during the Cold War might have the public’s health rather than traditional
thought this and used it against him may public health, his being from outside the S. William A. Gunn MD
be understandable, but that another club should be seen as an advantage, as Retired surgeon
Canadian author should even today think indeed it proved to be. Bogis-Bossey, Switzerland
that Chisholm was “a bit of a second A postscript to the book would also
rater” and that there was “mieux” (his have shown how much his visionary ideas
italics) is untenable.1 Yes, like most peo- have turned out to be not that illusory after
ple, Chisholm had his weaknesses and all; to take just 1 example, the relationship 1. Bliss M. “W.H.O. is Brock Chisholm?” Literary
idiosyncrasies and he did not hold a mas- between poverty and health, for which he Review of Canada June 2008: 28-9.
Health as a bridge to peace
Peace through Health: How Health ples is fundamental to the attainment of
Professionals Can Work for a Less peace and security.” And as the authors
Violent World amply demonstrate, the converse is true:
Neil Arya and Joanna Santa Barbara health is strengthened through peace.