Fitness for Work: The Medical Aspects

Fitness for Work: The Medical Aspects

by Keith T Palmer, Ian Brown, John Hobson
     
 

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The 'bible' of occupational health, Fitness for Work is the most in-depth and comprehensive resource available on the effects of ill health on employment. Expert authors provide practical guidance on the employment potential of anyone with an illness or disability, as well as examining the art and skills of fitness for work assessment and its ethical framework. … See more details below

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The 'bible' of occupational health, Fitness for Work is the most in-depth and comprehensive resource available on the effects of ill health on employment. Expert authors provide practical guidance on the employment potential of anyone with an illness or disability, as well as examining the art and skills of fitness for work assessment and its ethical framework. Fully revised and updated, Fitness for Work, fifth edition now includes, for the first time, important new chapters on work in cancer survivors, health promotion in the workplace, and managing and avoiding sickness absence. Following in the all-encompassing and comprehensive tradition of the previous editions, it also continues to provide coverage of and information on support for rehabilitation, work at older ages, health screening, and the full array of medical and surgical health problems that can affect fitness for work. Chapters are organized by medical condition to enable effortless reference, and are co-authored by a topic specialist and a specialist occupational physician providing a comprehensive view of the subject. The latest developments in legislation and government guidelines are included ensuring the book is up-to-date and provides the most current procedures in the field. Fitness for Work delivers a wealth of valuable consensus guidance, codes of practice, and locally evolved standards to enable well-informed clinical judgements to be made. All occupational health professionals should have a copy of this highly-regarded resource on their desks.

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Reviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD(Navy Environmental Health Center)
Description: Now in its fifth edition, this book provides an encyclopedic view of the 40 most important issues in occupational medicine. In a decidedly a Commonwealth view of the topic, the book delves deeply into the origins, context, and outcome for conditions ranging from the dermatological to cancer survivorship and work itself. Coming at a time of global change and undertaking, the book explores new developments related to the issue of people being able to perform their jobs while accepting certain health limitations. The expanded notion of so-called disability in the setting of work is refreshing.
Purpose: Some 65 experts join Drs. Keith T. Palmer and Ian Brown in an approach to the topic in which each chapter is presented by two specialists, one of whom is an occupational physician.
Audience: This book is as useful to primary care practitioners as it is to those engaged in occupational medicine and ancillary fields. It is also a good reference for risk assessors and decision makers.
Features: Leading off with the editors' general framework for assessing fitness, this 700-page book discusses disability and equality law, restoring fitness, ethics in occupational health, neurological disorders, mental health, epilepsy, vision, hearing and spinal disorders, orthopedics, rheumatological disorders, gastrointestinal and liver disorders, diabetes mellitus and other endocrine disorders, and hematological disorders. It continues with a discussion of cardiovascular, respiratory and renal disorders, women's work issues, fitness for work after surgery, dermatological disorders, human immunodeficiency virus, drugs and alcohol, medication, older workers, ill health retirement, health and transport safety, health screening, managing absences, health promotion, and cancer survivorship. Six appendixes address civil aviation, seafarer fitness, offshore workers, divers, overseas work, and workers exposed to hand-transmitted vibration.
Assessment: Some would argue that this book is directed primarily toward those working in the U.K., but, actually, the references and the treatment of topics is equally applicable to workers in the European Union and far beyond, including the U.S. I found myself sharing parts of this comprehensive, insightful, and interesting book with others.
From the Publisher
"...the book is essential for all who practice occupational health... It is keenly priced and should be on everyone's bookshelf." —Occupational Medicine

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191663888
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
01/24/2013
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NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,136,109
File size:
26 MB
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Meet the Author

Professor Palmer was Editor-in-chief of the BMJ Group journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine from 2004-2009. Currently, he chairs the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council and serves as Academic Dean and Deputy President of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians of London. Professor of Occupational Medicine at the University of Southampton, he has held a full-time tenured Medical Research Council (MRC) consultant grade post in occupational epidemiology in Southampton continuously since 1995, receiving a personal chair in 2007. Professor Palmer has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers and reports covering many topics related to work and health. In 2012 he was appointed to the Advisory Committee on Pesticides.

Dr Brown is a medically qualified registered specialist and consultant in occupational medicine and toxicology. He is also a graduate in agricultural biochemistry and nutrition and has a wide range of knowledge and experience covering occupational health medicine, toxicology, agriculture, and food safety. Dr Brown is Director of Occupational Health and Head of Department at the University of Oxford and Honorary NHS Consultant Physician. He was formally independent chair of the government's Pesticide Residues Committee, serving from 2000 until 2011, and remains a member of the Advisory Committee on Toxic Substances of the Health and Safety Executive Board. Dr Brown is also Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs, a member of the General Advisory Committee on Science of the Food Standards Agency, and has been appointed as a strategic advisor to the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.

John Hobson is a practising consultant occupational physician. He has been the honorary editor of the journal Occupational Medicine for over ten years. He holds academic appointments in occupational medicine at Keele, Manchester and Birmingham universities.

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