National Security and the Health of the People: Human Needs and the Allocation of Scarce Resources
Social Science and Medicine. 1984; 19(4): 307-332.
Gellhorn, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, delivered this paper as the opening address to the Eighth International Conference on the Social Sciences and Medicine, held in Scotland in August 1983. He discusses the impact of the international arms race on public health and economic development, particularly in Third World nations. His paper is followed by commentaries by Christine K. Cassel of the University of Oregon Department of Medicine; Margot Jefferys, emeritus professor of medical sociology at the University of London; F.M. Mburu of the University of Nairobi Department of Community Health; Peter J.M. McEwan, a professor of social sciences in Scotland; Vicente Navarro of the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health; Harmon L. Smith of the Duke University Divinity School; and Philip Wood, of the University of Manchester ARC Epidemiology Research Unit. (KIE abstract)
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