Introduction to Syndemics: A Critical Systems Approach to Public and Community Health / Edition 1

Introduction to Syndemics: A Critical Systems Approach to Public and Community Health / Edition 1

by Merrill Singer
     
 

There is a need for a text that explains syndemics-the systems approach methodology for understanding and addressing complex public health problems. The book explains the use of systems approaches for brining together the largest possible picture for understanding health issues afflicting those most vulnerable in our society. The author explains new ways for

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There is a need for a text that explains syndemics-the systems approach methodology for understanding and addressing complex public health problems. The book explains the use of systems approaches for brining together the largest possible picture for understanding health issues afflicting those most vulnerable in our society. The author explains new ways for understanding the health of the poor by looking at the whole and to considering the interconnections among the parts. This text provides an ideal text for courses in epidemiology, medical anthropology, community health nursing, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470472033
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
07/07/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
844,526
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

The Author.

Acknowledgments.

PART ONE INTRODUCING KEY CONCEPTS INSYNDEMICS.

1 LEARNING FROM LICHEN: RECONCEPTUALIZING HEALTH ANDDISEASE.

On Not Planting Cut Flowers: The Weight of History.

Germ Theory and the Biomedical Conception of Disease.

Revolutions in Biomedical Realities.

Problems with Postulates.

Confronting Comorbidity.

Toward Syndemic Reconceptualization.

Local Knowledge.

Connections: Human and Nonhuman.

Summary.

Key Terms.

Questions for Discussion.

PART TWO SYNDEMIC CASES.

2 TRUCKING BETWEEN THE BAILIWICKS:MULTIDISCIPLINARITY, SAVA, AND SYNERGIES IN HEALTH.

Why Multidisciplinarity.

The Term Syndemic.

The SAVA Syndemic.

SAVA Among Victims of Domestic Violence.

SAVA Among MSM.

SAVA Among Street Drug Users.

SAVA Among Commercial Sex Workers.

SAVA and Public Health.

Summary.

Key Terms.

Questions for Discussion.

3 EXEMPLARS: SYNDEMIC CASE STUDIES.

Syllables in the Biological Message.

Varieties of Microlevel Disease Interaction.

Syndemic Diversity.

Renocardiac Syndemic.

SARS–Chronic Disease Syndemic.

Asthma-Infl uenza Syndemic.

Diabulimia Syndemic.

Summary.

Key Terms.

Questions for Discussion.

4 HIV/AIDS AND OTHER INFECTIONS: IMMUNE IMPARITY ANDSYNDEMOGENESIS.

Assessing the HIV/AIDS Syndemics.

Opportunistic Infections and HIV/AIDS.

Sexually Transmitted Disease Syndemics.

Hepatitis and HIV/AIDS Syndemic.

Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS Syndemic

Malaria and HIV/AIDS Syndemic

VL and HIV/AIDS Syndemic.

Helminths and HIV/AIDS Syndemic.

Summary.

Key Terms.

Questions for Discussion.

5 BEYOND CONTAGION: HIV/AIDS AND NONINFECTIOUS DISEASESYNDEMOGENESIS.

An Aging Epidemic.

Infectious and Chronic Disease Connections.

Kidney Disease and HIV.

Food Insuffi ciency and HIV.

Cardiovascular Diseases and HIV/AIDS.

Emotional and Cognitive Health and HIV/AIDS.

Countersyndemics.

Summary.

Key Terms.

Questions for Discussion.

PART THREE SOCIETY, HISTORY, AND THEENVIRONMENT.

6 INEQUITY AS A COFACTOR: THE SYNDEMIC IMPACT OFSOCIAL DISPARITIES.

Disease in the Time of Disparity.

The Making Social of Disease.

Biologizing Experience.

Supersyndemics.

Health and Human Rights.

Summary.

Key Terms.

Questions for Discussion.

7 SYNDEMICS AND THE WORLDS THEY MADE.

Before Now.

Irish Famine Syndemic of 1741.

Gibraltar Cholera Syndemic of 1865.

Massachusetts Scarlet Fever Syndemic of the 1800s.

Global Influenza Syndemic of 1918.

Syndemics Among Native Americans on the American Frontier.

Syndemics of the Mormon Migration.

Syndemics of War.

Summary.

Key Terms.

Questions for Discussion.

8 A WORLD OUT OF BALANCE: EMERGENT AND REEMERGENTECOSYNDEMICS.

Emergent Syndemics of a Troubled World.

From Emergent Infection to Emergent Syndemic.

Reemergent Diseases and Emergent Syndemics.

Superinfection: Intragenus Syndemics.

Iatrogenic Syndemics.

Unintended Countersyndemics.

Ecosyndemics and the Anthropocene.

Summary.

Key Terms.

Questions for Discussion.

PART FOUR APPLICATIONS OF THE SYNDEMICPERSPECTIVE.

9 PRACTICAL UTILITY: MOBILIZING THE SYNDEMIC MODEL INTHE PROMOTION OF HEALTH AND TREATMENT OF DISEASE.

Why Study Syndemics?

Public Health and Syndemic Prevention.

Medical Treatment of Syndemics.

Modeling Syndemics.

Future Syndemics.

Summary.

Key Terms.

Questions for Discussion.

GLOSSARY.

REFERENCES.

INDEX.

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