One World
The Health and Survival of the Human Species in the 21st Century
by: Robert Lanza, Editor

Public health challenges worldwide examined by leading experts.                                                        

One World offers an awakening perspective on public health from global leaders. Jimmy Carter offers his action-oriented suggestions, and the diverse contributors’ (from Mann to Salk to Sagan) examinations of health, disease, and a world view are a beneficial read for many audiences. This is an enormous project which offers a view of the planet’s future through the eyes of dozens of the world’s best and brightest minds.

* Carl Sagan, David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences at Cornell University;
* Luc Montagnier, Discoverer of the AIDS Virus;
* Jonas Salk, Founder of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies; Developed the Polio Vaccine;
* Linus Pauling, Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry;
* Christiaan Barnard, Emeritus Professor of Surgical Science at the University of Cape Town; Performed the World’s First Human Heart Transplant;
* C. Everett Koop, Former Surgeon General of the United States;
* Sir Michael Atiyah, President of the Royal Society;
* Priscilla Kincaid-Smith, President of the World Medical Association and President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians;
* Robert Gallo, Chief of Tumor Cell Biology National Cancer Institute and Adjunct Professor of Genetics at George Washington University;
* Jonathan Mann, Director of the International AIDS Center, Director of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University; and Founding Director of the World Health Organization’s Program on AIDS;
* Federico Mayor, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization;
* James Hansen, Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies;
* Paul Johnston, Ruth Stringer, and David Santillo for Greenpeace International;
* Lynn Goldman, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency;
* The Honorable Maurice Strong, Secretary-General of the 1992 U.N. Conference on Environmental and Development; and
* W. Harding le Riche, Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Toronto.

“This book is as bold and ambitious in scope as its title promises. It includes contributions from former president Jimmy Carter, former surgeon general C. Everett Koop, and 41 other world leaders, representing medical associations, the World Health Organization, other United Nations agencies, federal agencies in the United States and eight other nations, as well as stellar figures in medical research, such as Christiaan Barnard and Luc Montagnier. Some of the last works of Linus Pauling and Jonas Salk are published in this compendium. The editor, a well-known expert in transplantation biology, enlisted these leaders to provide facts and possibly thoughts and suggestions for necessary changes for the new century, thus offering a multifaceted picture of where we stand and where we intend to go.'”

The New England Journal of Medicine

“Lanza’s book brightens the glimmer of hope. … it distills the views and recommendations of world leaders on the health and survival of the human species. These important messages deserve attention both within and outside the health sector.”

British Medical Journal

“This volume makes an important contribution by raising awareness of the absolutely central role of disease as a global factor affecting prospects for peace and war. It should be read by a wide audience.”


“Original essays written by some of the premier scholars of our times examine world health and survival in the 21st century. These reflections and studies examine social change in light of health changes: from constraints in world medial programs to the involvement of science and the humanities in expanding health programs. A fine discourse evolves.”

The Bookwatch

“Our small world keeps getting smaller. If we are to survive the next century, we need to know the problems and resources of our global community. In this forceful new book, the intertwined issues of health, science, environment, and politics are addressed in nearly 40 original essays by international experts in their fields, a planetary Who’s Who. . ..It’s a fantastic opportunity for lay people to look at their world and its future through the eyes of the globe’s foremost scientific and social leaders.”


“…highly recommended as a stimulating volume of great breadth and many perspectives.”

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About Author:

ROBERT LANZA , M.D ., is currently Director of Transplantation Biology at BioHybrid Technologies, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and former Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Tufts University. Dr. Lanza graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1983, where he was both a University Scholar and a Benjamin Franklin Scholar. As a student, he studied (and coauthored a series of papers) with the noted psychologist B. F. Skinner, with Nobel laureates Gerald Edelman and Rodney Porter, and with medical pioneers Jonas Salk and Christiaan Barnard. A former Fulbright Scholar/ITT International Fellow, he has also done research at Harvard University, MIT, Rockefeller University, Oxford University, and others.

Dr. Lanza has been nominated for a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award and has published extensively in the areas of science and medicine. He is editor (with W. L. Chick) of the Tissue Engineering/Cell Medicine Intelligence Series (Landes), the Pancreatic Islet Transplantation Series (Landes/CRC Press), and the Yearbook of Cell and Tissue Transplantation (Kluwer Academic Publishers). Among his other scientific books, is Medical Science and the Advancement of World Health (Praeger/CBS Educational and Professional Publishers), which furnished the inspiration for this book.

Dr. Lanza’s scientific articles have appeared in Science, Nature, Cell, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. His essays on science and philosophy have appeared in the Neiv Scientist, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine (University of Chicago Press), The Humanist, Pacific Discovery (California Academy of Sciences), The World & I, and in literary magazines, such as The Ohio Review, Cimarron Review, and the High Plains Literary Review.

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