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Medical Tourism: A Reference Handbook

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Medical Tourism: A Reference Handbook provides an accessible overview of the state of medical tourism, written from a balanced, unbiased perspective. The authors provide relevant social context for this controversial topic, discussing the state of extremely limited research data on medical tourism; the ethical issues involved, such as traveling to have a black-market organ transplanted; and the significant impact of medical tourism on health care systems—that of the United ...

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Overview

Medical Tourism: A Reference Handbook provides an accessible overview of the state of medical tourism, written from a balanced, unbiased perspective. The authors provide relevant social context for this controversial topic, discussing the state of extremely limited research data on medical tourism; the ethical issues involved, such as traveling to have a black-market organ transplanted; and the significant impact of medical tourism on health care systems—that of the United States, and those of the destination countries.

The book highlights many contemporary problems, controversies, and implications of medical tourism both for individuals and health care systems, and presents thought-provoking potential solutions. The topic of medical tourism is also addressed against the backdrop of current healthcare reforms in the United States. Readers can reference a wealth of additional material on medical tourism, ranging from original documents to extensive directories of selected organizations and resources.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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."

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"The title's health care provider profiles and resource listings are extraordinarily worthwhile."

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Library Journal

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598845402
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2012
  • Series: Contemporary World Issues Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Watson

STEPHANIE WATSON is an independent scholar who has written and contributed to numerous works, including World of Genetics and Science and Its Times. She is the author of The Urinary System, and coauthor of The Endocrine System, both in Greenwood's Human Body Systems series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Ugh

    I had to read this part of for a summer college course and i almost died from boredom.

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