Dr. Lee Jong-wook, who died of a brain hemorrhage last week at the age of 61, never really enjoyed the protocol demands of his job as director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO); he seemed happiest rolling up his sleeves and making things happen. When he took the WHO post in 2003, he startled many experts by calling for access to drugs for three million HIV/AIDS sufferers by the end of 2005. It was a hugely ambitious goal—and focused global attention as never before on the injustice of people in poor countries dying because they could not afford...

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