Racial and Ethnic Differences in Disease

Racial and Ethnic Differences in Disease

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This book is a comprehensive account of racial and ethnic differences in the frequencies of various diseases throughout the world. It provides a methodological framework for understanding the concepts of race and ethnic group, the use of these concepts in epidemiology and the interpretation of epidemiological studies of disease. Each chapter provides descriptive information on the relative frequencies of specific diseases and the methods used in studies, as well as a systematic discussion of the interpretation of the racial/ethnic differences described. These discussions range from errors in measurement to socioeconomic differences between groups. Genetic and biological factors are also considered.
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  • Hardback | 376 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 819.99g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous tables and figures
  • 0195059700
  • 9780195059700

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The use of racial/ethnic groups in epidemiology; Interpretation of racial/ethnic differences in disease; Recent findings on the physical anthropology of racial/ethnic groups; Some sources of data on health and disease; Single-gene disorders; Infectious and parasitic diseases; Cardiovascular diseases; Cancers; Various chronic diseases and disorders; Summary and conclusions.
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About Anthony P. Polednak

Anthony P. Polednak is Associate Professor, Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University.
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