The League of Nations Health Organisation 1921-1946
As all authors know, the process of writing a book piles up ample debts, institutional, financial, intellectual and personal. Professor Wolf Gruner, who was already my supervisor during my Ph.D. thesis, continued to support me and helped find funding and a workplace at the Historical Institute at the University of Rostock, without which this study would not have been possible. The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has generously financed the long period of research during the project. The archivists of several archives I visited in the course of the project provided competent and encouraging help. Above all, Ms. Bernardine Pejovic at the League of Nations Archive in Geneva became a constant companion of my searches. .In different forms and shapes, elements of texts in this book have already been published. Thus, parts of chapter III.3 have appeared as “Crisis as opportunity: International health work during the economic depression,” Dynamis 28 (2008), 29-51. Descriptions of the LNHO standardization program have been collected into “Serological and Biological Standardisation at the League of Nations Health Organisation, 1921 — 1939/’ in: Harmonising 20th Century drugs: Standards in pharmaceutical history, edited by Christian Bonah, Christophe Masutti and Anne Rasmussen, (Paris: Glyphe, 2009). Similarly, I portrayed the LNHO classification program in “Counting Death and Disease - Classification of Death and Disease in the Interwar Years, 1919 - 1939,” Continuity and Change, 18, 3 (2003) 457 - 481. In condensed form, elements of the LNHO efforts in social medicine have been discussed in “International Social Medicine between the War. Positioning...
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