My Life as a Doctor in the World Health Organization

My Life as a Doctor in the World Health Organization


Einar Helander, MD, PhD

Fall 2006 - Volume 10 Number 3

Team Disputes at End of Life

At the end of one's life, one often reviews one's life decisions. At the age of determination, when I had finished my specialty training, I had three choices: I could remain at the fabulous and well-equipped National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD to continue working with one of the most fascinating basic problems of physiology and biochemistry--the molecular mechanisms of muscle contraction; or I could return to Sweden with an academic career in rehabilitation and social medicine, as the government's consultant. But, I also had an offer to work at the World Health Organization (WHO); I accepted it and I have had no regrets.

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