“Many of the most important issues in international health are so completely taken for granted that they are never discussed. We tend especially to have cultural blind spots because we assume that our own values are the international norm and that our way of doing things is automatically right. We become aware of cross-cultural problems only when our personal assumptions are challenged by a clear conflict of values. Only rarely do we review our motivations.”
The above quotation was taken from an editorial article published in 1979 by Carl Taylor, Professor Emeritus of International Health at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Public Health, in the American Journal of Public Health. I came across this article recently and included it in my spring undergraduate NYU course (Global Health: Policies, Politics, and Institutions) reading list because although the article was written over 30 years ago, it is as true today.
I found out this evening (via Twitter) that Professor Taylor passed away earlier this week. I was saddened to hear that the global health community had lost one of its founding fathers. You can read more about Professor Taylor, and his work, especially on the need for local solutions in global health problems, here.Share on Facebook