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Medical Tourism: A Reference Handbook
     

Medical Tourism: A Reference Handbook

by Stephanie Watson, Kathy S. Stolley
 

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From exotic spa treatments to euthanasia, this book examines the background and social context of medical tourism—the practice of traveling for health care. This work also documents how this industry is reshaping the face of medicine worldwide for individuals, local communities, and national health care systems.

• A timeline of important historical and

Overview

From exotic spa treatments to euthanasia, this book examines the background and social context of medical tourism—the practice of traveling for health care. This work also documents how this industry is reshaping the face of medicine worldwide for individuals, local communities, and national health care systems.

• A timeline of important historical and contemporary events in history of medical tourism

• An extensive bibliography to assist readers toward additional resources for further research

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The title's health care provider profiles and resource listings are extraordinarily worthwhile." - Library Journal

"Authoritative and objective and explores a social and economic trend worldwide. . . . Stolley and Watson have produced a reference work that will be used by patrons to begin and then facilitate their own searches for medical information. Recommended for most medium-sized to large public libraries." - Booklist

Library Journal
Stolley (Basics of Sociology) and Watson (Understanding Obesity) add to a recent flood of titles about traveling abroad for lower cost or life-saving medical procedures. Eight chapters define the subject and its controversy, explore its economic and social impact, profile relevant organizations, and offer data along with reprinted articles. Chapters close with a four- to nine-page bibliography. A "Resources" segment finishes the title, detailing books, legislation, individual stories, and even currency calculators. VERDICT While some of this information may seem self-evident to informed readers, the title's health care provider profiles and resource listings are extraordinarily worthwhile.—Savannah Schroll-Guz, formerly with Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, DC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598845402
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/30/2012
Series:
Contemporary World Issues Series
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Kathy Stolley, PhD, is Batten Associate Professor of Sociology at Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk. She was editor-in-chief of the applied sociology journal Social Insight: Knowledge at Work. Her published works include Greenwood's The Basics of Sociology and HIV/AIDS.

Stephanie Watson is an experienced freelance writer and editor specializing in health and science. Her published works include The Genetics of Obesity; The Mechanisms of Genetics: An Anthology of Current Thought; and Spina Bifida.

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