Introduction, by Jack Kimball

As was the case in 1997-1998 and 1998-1999, in preparation for these student reports I directed second-year doctors-in-training at Miyazaki Medical College to read data issued by the United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO). This time the data comprise reports from 1995 and more recent information from 1999, related to the world population's health and health care.

With regard to assisting peoples in developing countries, I asked students to compile significant information from, and explain the significance of the WHO reports in terms of current improvements in world health and the challenges that lie ahead. The best student essays reflect on the challenges the writers perceive for themselves and other medical professionals in Japan, as well as their counterparts in other parts of the developed world. As before, these essays are by new participants in the worldwide, English-speaking medical community. Their work shows advanced achievements in both thinking and writing in English.

Index of Essays