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Overview

Fielding (University of California-Los Angeles) presents recent work in epidemiology and biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, public health practice, social environment and behavior, and health services. Some specific topics discussed include public health surveillance of low-frequency populations, legal and social implications of genetic testing in the workplace, time-series studies of particulate matter, and modeling infection transmission. Other subjects are the current state of public health in China, lessons learned from public health mass media campaigns, international differences in drug prices, and the relationship between physician gender and patient-centered communication. Annotation © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

This book is a collection of review articles that provides an intelligent synthesis of the vast amount of research literature on the principal contributions in the field of Public Health. It is edited by the most distinguished scholars in the field and written by authors who are recognized experts in their discipline. For contents and abstracts, visit us online at www.Annual Reviews.org.

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Editorial Reviews

Michele Issel
The editors of this volume have continued the fine tradition of publishing critical literature reviews of significant developments in the field of public health. The articles in this year's volume are organized into five sections that reflect the breadth of public health concerns: epidemiology and biostatistics; environmental and occupational health; public health practice; health behavior; and health services. The purpose is to contribute to the advancement of the sciences through invited articles that review significant developments in the discipline. The book is intended for students and seasoned public health professionals. The thoroughness of each review and the highly academic approach to each subject engenders interest even if the topic is not one's primary area. Each article is a review of current knowledge on a specific public health topic and a synthesis of that literature, including conclusions, recommendations, and areas in need of future study. The comprehensive literature reviews in each article are valuable to students in a variety of health disciplines, as well as to seasoned public health professionals. The evenness of style and scholarship in the articles is a testament to the editorial attention given to the preparation of the volume. Included in the volume are a detailed subject index and an author index. As a special treat, this volume begins with Lester Breslow's retrospective of his sixty years in public health. This personal view of public health reinforces the need to continue expanding the knowledge base of public health in concert with the evolving trends and threats.
Bernard J. Turnock
This is an annual publication with a variety of invited articles on important issues and developments affecting the field of public health. This year's volume includes the expected focus on what's new in the field but also provides several interesting and insightful essays on public health progress and accomplishments over the 20th century. As the last volume of the century, this is certainly an appropriate and useful deviation from the norm that adds value to this particular edition. Intended audiences for this series include public health professionals in practice and academic settings, health sciences researchers, and students in a variety of health professional training programs. Volume 20 is a review of progress and accomplishments in the field of public health between 1900 and 1999 with several interesting perspectives from public health practice, epidemiology, health service, and environmental and occupational health. A wide variety of other contributions focus on more recent issues and developments in these fields, as well as in biostatistics and social determinants of health. The century-focused essays represent a unique feature of this volume, but the scope and depth of the other articles alone would make this essential reading for public health professionals. There is no comparable annual compilation of articles across the spectrum of public health interests and activity. In any normal year, there would be much interest in the current volume. With a substantial focus on lessons learned over the 20th century, this year's volume will deservedly draw even greater attention.
Booknews
Presents 24 articles discussing a variety of issues in public health related to epidemiology and biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, public health practice, behavior, and health services. Some of the topics discusses include the politics and policies related to youth access to tobacco; environmental risk factors in female breast cancer; chemoprevention of lung cancer; evaluating the cost-effectiveness of clinical and public health measures; preventing youth violence; prevention of bicycle-related injuries; mental health and managed care; organizational diversification in American hospitals; strategies to reduce driving under the influence of alcohol; and public health in Central and Eastern Europe and the role of environmental pollution. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
From The Critics
Since the events of September 11, 2001, science and policy analysis necessary to improve public health has taken on new significance. This collection of articles on public health topics deals with epidemiology and biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, public health practice, social environment and behavior, and health services. Specific subjects examined include gambling and related mental disorders, effects of smoking restrictions in the workplace, direct marketing of pharmaceuticals to consumers, the macroeconomic determinants of health, cascade effects of medical technology, and morbidity and mortality from medical errors. Fielding is affiliated with the University California-Los Angeles. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Cristanna M. Cook, Ph.D(Husson College)
Description: This annual review presents articles on epidemiology and biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, public health practice, social ecology, and health services, all areas that are of importance today in the field of public health. It contains an interesting review of the environmental forces leading to obesity.
Purpose: Since this is an annual review, the purpose is to present articles that are representative of the most current issues in public health. The articles do address important current issues, although there should be more justification for the subjects chosen. The articles correspond to the major concentrations found in most accredited schools of public health: epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, health policy, health administration, and maternal and child health. The mini-symposium on obesity seems relevant especially in light of Walter Willett's new book on the food pyramid, Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating (Simon & Schuster, 2001).
Audience: In general, because the articles are interesting to read and possess limited statistical jargon, this is a good book for the layperson. However, there is enough of interest for the student and the professional as well.
Features: In an era of rising health costs irrespective of managed care, the article on managed care in workers' compensation plans shows that cost reduction activity may actually lead to increased overall cost if the patient's treatment includes stop-gap measures instead of a comprehensive care plan. This is one of the most important points in health economics today. An article on consumer report cards makes the important point that there is a lot more work to do to inform consumers of the attributes they might use to assess quality of medical care. It appears that consumers do not respond to the consumer report cards, partly because they do not understand the attributes used by social scientists to assess quality of care.
Assessment: The book is very useful and provides content on important current issues. As this is a compilation of articles, it is hard to compare it to prominent books in the field. It is as good as any similarly structured book on the market.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824327194
  • Publisher: Annual Reviews, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 572

Table of Contents

Perspectives
The Third Revolution in Health xiii
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Can Dementia Be Prevented? Brain Aging in a Population-Based Context 1
Public Health Surveillance of Low-Frequency Populations 25
Statistical and Substantive Inferences in Public Health: Issues in the Application of Multilevel Models 53
Trends in the Health of the Elderly 79
What Do We Do with Missing Data? Some Options for Analysis of Incomplete Data 99
Environmental and Occupational Health
Emission Trading and Public Health 119
Genetic Testing in the Workplace: Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications 139
Health Effects of Chronic Pesticide Exposure: Cancer and Neurotoxicity 155
Implications of the Precautionary Principle for Primary Prevention and Research 199
Issues of Agricultural Safety and Health 225
Time-Series Studies of Particulate Matter 247
Public Health Practice
Developing and Using the Guide to Community Preventive Services: Lessons Learned About Evidence-Based Public Health 281
Modeling Infection Transmission 303
The Current State of Public Health in China 327
The Public Health Workforce 341
Lessons Learned from Public Health Mass Media Campaigns: Marketing Health in a Crowded Media World 419
Social Environment and Behavior
Assuring the Health of Immigrants: What the Leading Health Indicators Tell Us 357
Harm Reduction Approaches to Reducing Tobacco-Related Mortality 377
Housing and Public Health 397
Lessons Learned from Public Health Mass Media Campaigns: Marketing Health in a Crowded Media World 419
The Role of Culture in Health Communication 439
Health Services
Economic Implications of Increased Longevity in the United States 457
International Differences in Drug Prices 475
Physician Gender and Patient-Centered Communication: A Critical Review of Empirical Research 497
The Direct Care Worker: The Third Rail of Home Care Policy 521
Developing and Using the Guide to Community Preventive Services: Lessons Learned About Evidence-Based Public Health 281
Indexes
Subject Index 539
Cumulative Index of Contributing Authors, Volumes 16-25 577
Cumulative Index of Chapter Titles, Volumes 16-25 581
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