The Judeo-Christian Influence on Global Health, Human Rights, and Justice

  • John Patrick Augustine College
Keywords: moral concensus, development, human rights, global health


An essay on the historical significance of Judeo-Christian influence on the development of modern human rights, justice and global health policies, and a caution regarding the importance of transcendend moral law on subsequent generations for sustainable human flourishing. 

Author Biography

John Patrick, Augustine College

John Patrick studied medicine at Kings College, London and St. George’s Hospital, London in UK. John has held appointments in Britain, the West Indies and Canada. John’s main academic interest in medicine is the treatment of Protein Energy Malnutrition in various diseases and accident trauma throughout the world. His research has been carried out in UK, Jamaica, Canada and Africa. In the 1970s he worked at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica and was involved in the breakthrough of PEM treatment whilst in Jamaica. He came to Canada in 1980. At the University of Ottawa John was Associate Professor in Clinical Nutrition in the Department of Biochemistry and Pediatrics for 20 years. He is concerned to understand the link between the treatment of the severely malnourished, their beliefs, and their culture.

Today John speaks to Christian and secular groups around the world, communicating effectively on medical ethics, culture, public policy, and the integration of faith and science. He frequently speaks for the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) in the US and the Christian Medical and Dental Society (CMDS) in Canada. He is currently President and Professor of the History of Science, Medicine and Faith at Augustine College.


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How to Cite
Patrick, J. (2019). The Judeo-Christian Influence on Global Health, Human Rights, and Justice. Christian Journal for Global Health, 6(1), 20-25.