Cities and the Health of the Public

Cities and the Health of the Public

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The essays commissioned for this volume analyze the impact of city-living on health, focusing primarily on conditions in the United States. With 16 chapters by 24 internationally recognized experts, the book introduces an ecological approach to the study of the health of urban populations. It assesses the primary determinants of well-being in cities, including the social and physical environments, diet, and health care and social services. The book includes chapters on the history of public health in cities, the impact of urban sprawl and urban renewal on health, and the challenges facing cities in the developing world. It also examines conditions such as infectious diseases, violence and disasters, and mental illness.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 177.8 x 254 x 22.35mm | 870.9g
  • Tennessee, United States
  • English
  • 0826515118
  • 9780826515117
  • 1,308,086

Table of contents

Part I: INTRODUCTION; A Framework for the Study of Urban Health; Sandro Galea, Nicholas Freudenberg, David Vlahov; Changing Living Conditions; Changing Health:; US Cities in the Last 50 years; Nicholas Freudenberg, Sandro Galea, David Vlahov; Part II: DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH IN CITIES; The Urban Social Environment and Health; Adam Coutts, Ichiro Kawachi; The Urban Physical Environment and Health; Susan Klitzman, Thomas D. Matte, Daniel E Kass; Food, Nutrition and the Health of Urban Populations; Ming-Chin Yeh, David Katz; Access to Quality Health Care in U.S. Cities:; Balancing Community Need and Service System Survival; Dennis Andrulis; Part III: LOCAL AND GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON CHANGING CITIES; Public Health in U.S. Cities: A Historical Perspective; David Rosner; Cities, Suburbs, and Urban Sprawl: Their Impact on Health; Howard Frumkin; Fifty Ways to Destroy a City: The Health Impact of Urban Destruction; Mindy Fullilove; A Developing World Perspective: Health, Water and Sanitation in Urban Areas of Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean; Gordon McGranhan and David Satterthwaite; Part IV: HEALTH OUTCOMES AND DETERMINANTS; Changing Patterns of Infectious Disease in U.S. Cities; David Vlahov, Emily Gibble; The Challenge of Urban Violence and Disasters; Kenneth J. Ruggiero, Amy Van Wynsberghe, Tomika Stevens, Dean G. Kilpatrick; Mental Health in the City; Ezra Susser, Mickey Bresnahan, Sandro Galea; Part V: NEXT STEPS: RESEARCH AND INTERVENTION; Methodologies for the Study of Urban Health: How Do We; Best Assess How Cities Affect Health?; Sandro Galea, Amy Schulz; Health Promotion in the City:; The Science and Politics of Intervention; Nicholas Freudenberg; Creating Healthy Cities: Where Do We Go from Here?; David Vlahov, Sandro Galea, Nicholas Freudenberg.
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". . . a wonderful synthesis of recent scholarship on urban health from a variety of disciplines. . . . it will become a classic reference text for this rapidly developing field. . . . The genius of this book is that it m makes an enormously complex subject understandable and available not only to public health practitioners but to those in medicine, nursing, social work, and the wide spectrum of disciplines that are necessary to understand and improve the health of the world's communities."
--Preventive Medicine ". . . a significant contribution to furthering urban public practice and research."
--Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved "The articles in Cities and the Health of the Public place contemporary threats to urban health in the context of both historical and current trends affecting city dwellers. The 16 chapters highlight mostly US urban public health issues. Contributors are prominent researchers in urban health, including leading social epidemiologist Ichiro Kawachi and psychiatrist Mindy Thompson Fullilove, whose keen scientific intellect and lyrical style add flesh and blood to her descriptions of people displaced by natural and human-caused calamities. Issues covered include access to health care, food security, urban sprawl, and mental health. The editors also contribute several of the chapters. . . . All three are central to the effort to make the study of urban health and people who live in cities a scientific discipline with its own literature and organizations. . . . Cities and the Health of the Public is organized . . . like an introductory textbook . . . those who are interested in urban health will find it to be a valuable resource.
--Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) "The relationship between urban residence and health is highly complex, and it is becoming increasingly so . . . This difficult subject is addressed in this book . . . a book that will be of interest to social scientists but also worth consulting for physicians with practices that involve urban health."
--New England Journal of Medicine
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About Sandro Galea

Nicholas Freudenberg is Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Social Psychology, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. David Vlahov and Sandro Galea are Director and Associate Director of the Center for Urban Epidemiological Studies at the New York Academy of Medicine; both also teach at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Vlahov is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Urban Health.
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