Epidemiologist Who Helped Eradicate Smallpox Strongly Endorsed One Medicine/One Health concept
D.A.Henderson, MD, MPH
April 22, 2007 Dr. D. A. Henderson, legendary leader of the worldwide smallpox eradication program.
"I thank you for your email and congratulate you and your colleagues in promoting the "One Medicine" concept. It is an initiative that is long overdue but, at the same time, I don't personally identify dramatic solutions that are apt to change the landscape in the short term. I would note that when one has had the good fortune to have enjoyed the tutelage of **Jim Steele during my tenure at CDC and periodically ever since, as a friend, the one medicine concept becomes well engrained. Indeed, when I came to Hopkins as Dean in 1977, I cast about to determine how we might link up with a veterinary school for research and educational purposes. Unfortunately, geography was simply too great a hurdle to overcome.
Bottom line: I would be more than happy to do whatever I could in support of your efforts."
*D.A. Henderson, MD, MPH - Professor, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine; Resident Scholar at the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; former Dean of Johns Hopkins School of Public Health from 1977 to 1990; Directed WHO global smallpox eradication program 1966-1977 (USA). The late Dr. Henderson was a physician member of the One Health Initiative Advisory Board http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/advBoard.php.
**James H. Steele, DVM, MPH – Professor Emeritus, University of Texas School of Public Health (USA). The late Dr. Steele http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications/NOV2013%20In%20Memoriam.pdf was a veterinarian member of the One Health Initiative Advisory Board. Dr. Steele was considered by many as the doyen of veterinary medical public health in the 20th and early 21st centuries.