The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is the oldest existing international health organization and the regional office of the World Health Organization. It speaks well of the PAHO that they asked Marcos Cueto, one of the foremost historians of medicine in Latin America, to write their official history; in doing so they got much more than a traditional institutional account. In fact, El valor de la salud not only discusses PAHO conferences, organization leaders, and publications but also presents a comprehensive overview of efforts at international collaboration in health in the Americas. The book contextualizes changing approaches to improving health within major political and social trends of the last hundred years and touches on some of the most important debates in the history of medicine and public health. It will be useful for public health professionals, historians of medicine and U.S. foreign policy...

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