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Document of the month: June-July 2013

"Tokyo, the world's largest city", Japan, 1960.
In 1960, the population of Tokyo surpassed that of New York City, making it the largest city in the world. Paul Almasy travelled to Tokyo to photograph health services in the context of urbanization. His report covered health inspections in the market, prostitution, water supply, health centres and health education campaigns. The report appeared in World Health in 1961.

As most of the constructions in Tokyo were small wooden houses, fire was a great danger. Fire brigade headquarters were on the alert 24 hours a day. Here, an enquiry was being conducted among the inhabitants of a densely populated quarter of the town where a fire destroyed a block of eight houses.

After a fire in Tokyo
WHO/Paul Almasy

Taken from the "Photographic Archives, Sub-fonds Photographs"

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