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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD(Navy Environmental Health Center)
Description: The global nature of thinking touches many fields, particularly those that affect workers. Tee Guidotti is a proven contributor to the literature and has encapsulated his knowledge and views in this 600-page book. The dust cover describes it as a concise, complete introduction to a vital, but often neglected, area in the field of health sciences. I would agree — this book can help healthcare providers in any "corner of the globe."
Purpose: This book has an interesting history in terms of its commissioning and eventual completion. It started with sponsorship that originated with the World health Organization over 10 years ago, continued with work at the University of Alberta, and then more conducted at George Washington University. The result consists of 31chapters, each of which is authored by experts in the field. Thus, its purpose is both to chronicle developments and trends and to provide a template for future occupational health developments.
Audience: The audience will include a variety of public health workers as well as engineering and medical types.
Features: The first section concentrates on broad approaches and frameworks for the investigation and management of health in the workplace. The second section addresses important hazards. The third section addresses specific industry sectors, management challenges, and policies at the global level. Each chapter links occupational health to economic development concepts and future trends.
Assessment: Readers will likely find this to be a thoughtful and a fair treatment. I believe Professor Guidotti and his team have tried to balance treatment of avoidable risk with risks more characteristic of behavior or even genetics. The writing is also rather lively and accurate. I liked it.