Prescription for a Healthy Nation: A New Approach to Improving Our Lives by Fixing Our Everyday World

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"America spends more than twice as much for health care as any other nation. So why are Americans among the sickest people in the industrialized world?" Public health experts Tom Farley and Deborah Cohen show that the answer does not lie in our medical care system but rather in the world around us. As they explain, the leading killers of our time fall almost entirely into two categories: injuries and chronic diseases such as heart disease, lung and breast cancer, diabetes, and stroke. For all its inspiring, high-tech cures, modern medicine is ...
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Overview

"America spends more than twice as much for health care as any other nation. So why are Americans among the sickest people in the industrialized world?" Public health experts Tom Farley and Deborah Cohen show that the answer does not lie in our medical care system but rather in the world around us. As they explain, the leading killers of our time fall almost entirely into two categories: injuries and chronic diseases such as heart disease, lung and breast cancer, diabetes, and stroke. For all its inspiring, high-tech cures, modern medicine is just not very effective at combating these illnesses. Our health, as Farley and Cohen explain, depends much less on medicine than on how we lead our lives. And as their surprising and illuminating examples show, our behavior and our health are in fact shaped by our everyday world - from the design of our cities to the rules that govern our organizations.
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In this latest look at the poor state of America's health, Farley, a medical doctor who teaches at Tulane's School of Public Health, and Cohen, a scientist at the RAND Corporation, tell us once again that Americans are overweight, sedentary and indulgent in a host of life-diminishing habits, the abuse of tobacco and alcohol chief among them. These habits, along with Americans' propensity for serious accidents, lead to premature death for hundreds of thousands a year. In the authors' view, the ongoing miracle of medical science has produced in the American public a laissez-faire attitude to their own health; Americans can live as they choose and hope that the market will produce a cure to save them before it's too late. Since it is, in Farley and Cohen's view, our "physical and social environment" that's making us sick, we should make small changes in that environment to encourage health, such as lowering the price of healthy foods and enforcing such rules as a workplace ban on snack food in cubicles. Unfortunately, throughout this litany of human foibles and social and governmental failures, there's a pervasive tone of puritanical disapproval, and Americans are unlikely to pay attention to this pair of scolds. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Prescription for a Healthy Nation is an excellent book that successfully introduces a new approach to today's epidemics.—Brian C. Reed, JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association

"Prescription for a Healthy Nation is the best book about public health I've read in years . . . Their important message: it is not enough just to take personal responsibility for our own actions-we also have to work for changes in society that make it easier for everyone to stay healthy."—Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health

"If we can create an environment that makes us sick, Farley and Cohen contend, we can create an environment more conducive to good health. It's just more challenging to do so."—Donna Chavez, Booklist

"Prescription for a Healthy Nation is highly readable, interesting, and informative. More important, it offers the reader an approach to good health that is balanced and practical." —Jeffrey Koplan, former director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"A wise new book."—Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807021163
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I The leading causes of health
Ch. 1 The wrong remedy 3
Ch. 2 Greek gods and American myths 21
Ch. 3 Humans behaving badly 37
Ch. 4 Bell curves and bad apples 53
Pt. II Curve shifters
Ch. 5 More is more : accessibility 71
Ch. 6 Sidewalks and falling children : physical structures 84
Ch. 7 Playing by the rules : social structures 95
Ch. 8 It's the real thing : media 105
Pt. III Healthscaping America
Ch. 9 The killer leaf 131
Ch. 10 Habits of the heart 144
Ch. 11 To our health? 160
Ch. 12 When sex is lethal 175
Ch. 13 Injuries, not accidents 190
Ch. 14 Unequal afflictions 206
Ch. 15 Health, policies, and politics 221
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