The Health of Populations

The Health of Populations : Beyond Medicine

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The Health of Populations: Beyond Medicine uses current research and in-depth analysis to provide insights into the issues and challenges facing population health. The prospective health of large populations is a subject of increasing concern, due largely to rapid population growth, population aging, rising costs and diminishing resources, health inequality, and the global rise in noncommunicable diseases.

Reducing the global burden of disease requires prevention of disease incidence, which is achievable through reduction of exposure to primary (behavioral) and secondary (biomedical) risk factors.

This book contains three sections that focus on the science of health, the harm of medicine, and how to achieve health. By highlighting the benefits of preventing incidence of disease, this book illustrates that biomedicine should be regarded as complementary to behavioral, legislative, social, and other preventive means for optimizing population health.

Heavily evidence-based and thoroughly referenced with hundreds of scientific citationsContains a glossary, as well as valuable tables, illustrations, and information boxes to further explain core contentProvides fresh perspectives on issues related to rapid population growth, population aging, rising costs, diminishing resources, health inequality, and moreCarefully distils extensive tracts of information, clarifies misunderstandings, and rebuts myths with the ultimate goal of encouraging better understanding of the future action needed to promote optimal health for all
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Product details

  • Electronic book text | 520 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Academic Press Inc
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0128028130
  • 9780128028131

Table of contents

Preface List of Acronyms

Part 1: The Science of Health 1. The Origins of Health 2. Current Patterns of Death and Disease 3. Twelve Millennia of Changing Human Habits and Habitats 4. Biomedicine and Common Causes of Mortality and Morbidity

Part 2: The Harm of Medicine 5. Medical Harm: What Is It and What Is the Extent? 6. Prescription Drugs, Surgery, and Infections 7. The Commercial Culture of Medicine 8. Pharmaceutical Industry Entanglement with Biomedical Science 9. The Charms and Harms of Personalized Medicine

Part 3: Achieving Optimal Health Sustainability 10. Healing Practices and Evidence-based Medicine 11. Placebo and the Therapeutic Process 12. Optimal Health: Prevention and Control of Disease 13. Associated Prevention Concepts and Models 14. Optimal Health: Risk Factor Reduction and Adjunctive Biomedical Intervention 15. Mental Health

Epilogue Glossary
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