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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: Although billed as a handbook, this work is a comprehensive treatment of health issues affecting immigrant populations in the U.S.
Purpose: Through a variety of different lenses provided by an extensive panel of contributors from anthropology, public health, ethics, law, social work, medicine, nursing, and health planning, the story of the health experience of immigrants to America is nicely told.
Audience: This story will be appreciated by those with an interest in immigrant health and immigration policies in general as well as to a wide array of students in the health and social science fields.
Features: The content is quite extensive, ranging from chapters on the history of American immigration policy and the impact of that experience on various population groups. Issues of acculturation to a new homeland, social and cultural determinants of health, and conditions and diseases common in immigrant populations are threaded through the experiences of different waves of immigrants. With many different perspectives and many different contributors, there is expected unevenness in chapters and an occasional overly academic presentation of a topic.
Assessment: This is a solid contribution to the field. This book largely achieves its aim of serving as a comprehensive treatment of a variety issues affecting the health experience of immigrant populations in the U.S. It will be useful to audiences of professionals and students alike across a broad spectrum of the health and social sciences.