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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Robert McLean, PhD (Creighton Univ School of Pharmacy & Allied Health Professions)
Description: This is a compilation of previously published articles covering a wide variety of topics dealing with the nation's health. Among the areas covered are the nation's current health status, the determinants of health and disease, health policy and politics, health insurance (both private and public), and the health of special populations (women and the elderly).
Purpose: The purpose is to provide students of public health, health policy, and health administration a single source for an overview course in population health. In that, the editors have been successful. The coverage is extremely thorough, and the articles selected for this edition are up-to-date.
Audience: The intended audience is graduate students in pubic health, health policy, health administration, and related fields. It will also be of interest to public health officials, scholars, and journalists seeking a quick reference.
Features: The book is divided into "chapters," each covering a topic area (e.g., Medicare and Medicaid). The editors have prepared an introduction to each of these chapters, which includes a brief bibliography. Following the introduction are several previously published articles, each discussing some aspect of the topic.
Assessment: This is an extremely useful contribution to the field. The articles are well chosen. The technical level of the material is relatively low, making the book useful to the beginning students as well as to those at more advanced levels. The coverage is encyclopedic. No other book takes this approach or has the breadth of coverage that this one displays.