We assess the history of international collaboration and ambitions of medical professionals, politicians, generals, diplomats and policy-makers in twentieth century Europe.

In today’s globalised world the strengths and weaknesses of international institutions are attracting much public interest. This four-year project is funded by the Wellcome Trust Investigator Award and led by Dr Jessica Reinisch

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First International Conference on Oral Polio Vaccine at PAHO headquarters in Washington, 1959. (Credit: Photograph by Cameramen Incorporated. Sabin Archives.)

First International Conference on Oral Polio Vaccine at PAHO headquarters in Washington, 1959. (Credit: Photograph by Cameramen Incorporated. Sabin Archives.)