The Health of Native Americans

The Health of Native Americans : Towards a Biocultural Epidemiology

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This comprehensive review of the health of Native Americans in Canada and the United States presents historical trends in population and health status from pre-European contact to the present day. These are examined in terms of three groups of diseases: infectious diseases, chronic diseases, and injuries. The author discusses the etiology and pathogenesis of different diseases in each group, and considers the genetic and environmental risk factors involved. The incidence of disease among Native Americans and non-Native Americans are compared and variations among Native Americans belonging to different geographical, cultural and linguistic groups are examined. The Health of Native Americans integrates anthropology and epidemiology to demonstrate the interaction of biology and culture on disease causation, distribution and control offering a promising approach to understanding and improving the health status of Native Americans.show more

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  • Hardback | 284 pages
  • 157.5 x 236.2 x 22.9mm | 521.64g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • line figures, tables
  • 0195073398
  • 9780195073393

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In order to study the health status of Native Americans, the unique characteristics of this population must be fully considered. This book provides a comprehensive review of the health of Native Americans in the United States and Canada. Historical trends in population and health status from pre-European contact to the present are thoroughly examined within three categories: infectious diseases, chronic diseases, and injuries. The etiology and pathogenesis of different diseases are discussed, and genetic and environmental risk factors are considered. The book also compares the incidence of disease among Native Americans and non-Native Americans, examines variations among Native Americans belonging to different geographical, cultural and linguistic groups, and reviews control and prevention strategies. On a broader level, the purpose of this book is to integrate the approaches of anthropology and epidemiology in order to demonstrate the interaction of biology and culture on disease causation, distribution, and control. Attention to both perspectives offers a promising approach to understanding and improving the health status of Native Americans.show more

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an excellent review of the literature with careful attention to the limitations inherent in much of the research ... This book is a valuable reference for researchers and health professionals working with Native communities. * Canadian Journal of Public Health, Vol. 86, No. 3, May/June 1995 * 'without peer as an introduction to the health problems of the indigenous peoples of North America ... I will recommend it to undergraduate, graduate, and medical students seeking information on Indian health. Physicians and public health professionals serving Native American populations, even those with years of experience, will have much to learn from the book, I certainly did.' Jonathan R. Sugarman, JAMA, February 1995, Vol. 273, No. 6show more