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Hospice founder publishes book on international health

The world continues to become a smaller place and diseases can migrate at a much faster rate, according to Robert Buckingham, an epidemiologist at New Mexico State University.



New Mexico State University Epidemiologist Robert Buckingham's book, "A Primer on International Health," was the No. 1 best-selling book on global health in 2001. (New Mexico State University photo by Darren Phillips)

ham discusses the globalization of health care in his new book "A Primer on International Health."


"Since Sept. 11, everyone is thinking more with a global outlook. With jet travel, we are becoming more one country," Buckingham said. "Infectious diseases are one of the top five leading causes of death worldwide."

His book, published by Allyn and Bacon Publishers in 2001, became the No. 1 best-selling book on global health. The nine-chapter book addresses important international health issues such as global environmental health, global malnutrition, primary health care, maternal and child health and the future of the global health community.

"As an epidemiologist, I have traveled all over the world and have always been involved in global health issues," he said.

Buckingham is one of the founding fathers of the first hospice program in the United States. He has taught health science at New Mexico State for seven years and during that time has published four books on a variety of health topics from teen-age pregnancy to the needs of terminally ill cancer and AIDS patients.

Buckingham returned in January from a sabbatical leave in Thailand, where he was a distinguished professor of public health at Mahidol University School of Medicine in Bangkok. While he was there, he helped develop a pediatric hospice program for children with AIDS at the Viengping Children's Home.

He has helped develop more than 57 hospice programs in the United States, Canada, Italy, Thailand and Cuba. He has published 11 books and has had his books translated into Japanese, Chinese, German and Dutch. Buckingham is a graduate of the Yale School of Medicine.

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CUTLINE: New Mexico State University Epidemiologist Robert Buckingham's book, "A Primer on International Health," was the No. 1 best-selling book on global health in 2001. (New Mexico State University photo by Darren Phillips)

Julie M. Hughes
Feb. 8, 2002