Health and the Global Environment

Health and the Global Environment

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The health-environment connection is a two edge sword that cuts in both directions. One one edge, a cure-after-the-disease policy, which dominates the health sector, spills over into the environment sector undercutting effective environmental action - from dealing with water pollution to averting global warming. On the other edge, a foggy view of how the environment affects human health undercuts a preventive approach to health through improvement of the state of the global enviroment. This book shows how forces, such as government legislation in both the health and environmental sectors, high-tech medical practice, drug promotion, and one-at-a-time environmental regulation, operate in a manner which is detrimental to human well-being and the fate of the environment. Critical of many current policies and practices, Ross Hume Hall offers new and theoretical insights into the health-environment connection and a more organic approach to both health and environmental issues, as well as a range of practical alternatives. Health and the Global Environment is designed to appeal to both professionals and the general reader interested in health and environment. The book is a study that merges debate over care of the public's health with that over care of the planet.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 210 pages
  • 160 x 239 x 21mm | 442g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2-3 maps
  • 0745605591
  • 9780745605593

Table of contents

Part 1 Health care and attitudes towards the environmen; prevention - a case for dropping the one-cause/one-effect mode; a biomedical model of healt; reinforcing the image of the human body as a machine; the one-basket health policy; big cancer. Part 2 Environment and the preventive approach: risk assessment; ecotoxicity; government attitude toward protection of the environment; acid rain, ozone and the resiliency principle; global warming; the Great Lakes ecosystem; the new public health - a change in attitude.show more