Textbook of International Health: Global Health in a Dynamic World / Edition 3

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This classic text, formerly known as the "Basch" textbook, now completely revised in an updated new edition, brings together information that students and professionals working in the wide variety of disciplines concerned with international health will find in no other single source. It synthesizes historical, cultural, environmental, economic and political considerations to provide a comprehensive global overview of the many factors that determine the health of individuals and populations. The major determinants of health status in all regions of the world are discussed, and interventions undertaken at community, national, and international levels are described. The new edition features a renowned new authorship committed to updating and expanding the entire content while retaining the core elements of Basch's excellent text.

Incl. historical perspective; health status deter- minants; public health interventions; economic policy.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Linda M Kaste, DDS, MS, PhD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry)
Description: This ambitious book aims to be a comprehensive introduction to global health and, while it is intended for any interested healthcare practitioner, it is largely medicine-focused and oriented towards physicians and nurses. This edition is the first written by these three authors; the two previous editions were written by the late Paul F. Basch. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu contributes the foreword.
Purpose: The purpose is reflected upon in the preface and expanded upon in the introduction. The considerable explanation of the purpose and the context for the book is needed because of the breadth of material that is covered. In the preface, the authors note, "this third edition is part primer and part analytic tool for the international health practitioners to use to better understand the social, political, and economic systems that contribute to the state of health of a nation, a city, a village, and the world as a whole." The authors acknowledge the challenges of this extensive objective and conclude by saying, "we believe that any international health practitioner (novice or not) will find something useful in this textbook." They are successful in covering a wide array of issues, which are very important with much of the world being in transition, but are subject to the limitations of a book that attempts to cover a vast and constantly moving field. The book's chapters and appendix of websites aim to address the need for updating beyond this provision of historic and current context. One concern with the dynamic nature of the field is the authors' use of a definition of public health that is infectious disease-based and is about 90 years old. The use of this definition reinforces the physician-nurse orientation of the book.
Audience: The introduction is used to present key definitions and the outline of the book, as well as to clarify the purpose for the intended audience: "This textbook is designed for a semester-long advanced undergraduate or first-year graduate course." Understanding this intent helps all readers relate to the comprehensive nature of the book. The authors have complementary backgrounds and experiences and identify themselves as "a South-North/East-West/underdeveloped-developed/local-transnational/female-male/academic-practitioner/government-NGO affiliated crew."
Features: The book provides excellent historic insight into international health. Very powerful observations result from the orientation to infrastructure and economics. The content builds upon traditional issues such as environmental to healthcare systems, implementation, and working in international health. Use of graphics and tables is limited and in black and white, but they are enlightening. Text boxes augment chapter discussions, as do a series of provocative questions in the introductory chapter and key questions at the beginning of each chapter.
Assessment: This book is an appropriate consideration for an introductory text on international health. It provides the opportunity to gain a scholarly (but very readable) overview on a wide range of issues in international health. It reflects extensive work by the authors and is largely based on material that was not available at the time of the previous edition. Another introductory book is Essentials of Global Health, Skolnik (Jones and Bartlett, 2008). The two books are similar in their definition of public health that reflects the historic definition and medical/physician/nurse orientation, but they differ in appearance and tone. The Textbook is laid out in a more scholarly fashion, with chapters addressing big picture issues in international health such as health agencies, political economy, health under crisis, toward healthy societies, and doing international health. Essentials is laid out in a more public health and applied manner, with chapters grouped around topical areas such as ethics, culture, women's health, communicable disease, noncommunicable disease, and unintentional injury.
From the Publisher

"This book does not merely describe international health activities or prescribe technical solutions to particular diseases, but it compels us to better understand the contexts in which health problems emerge and the forces that underlie and propel them. It also discusses the various ways in which governments, organizations, and peoples can work together more effectively to improve health and enable us all to live more fulfilling, productive and, dare I say, happier lives. Herein lies the value of this book. I highly recommend this textbook to students and professionals of international health, as well as to anyone who is interested in the ingredients of human health and well-being in an international context."--From the Foreword by Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Mpilo Tutu

"Eminently readable, even captivating, this book presents everything needed to understand international health---even how to engage in it. Most important, its political-economy perspective is unique and important in the context of the newly-recognized societal influences on health."--Barbara Starfield, MD, MPH, University Distinguished Professor, The Johns Hopkins University

"The Textbook of International Health is essential reading for anyone working in international health. Written in a fluid and accessible narrative (free of academic baroqueness), this text should become a point of reference not only for academics but for professionals and non-professionals working in the growing area of international health."--Vincent Navarro, MD, PhD, Professor of Health Policy, The Johns Hopkins University, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Health Services

"The book provides excellent historic insight into international health. Very powerful observations result from the orientation to infrastructure and economics. The content builds upon traditional issues such as environmental to healthcare systems, implementation, and working in international health....The book is an appropriate consideration for an introductory text on international health."--Doody's

"With its all-encompassing view, clear and rich in humanist thinking and social and human commitment, this book is a stimulating contribution to all health and diplomacy professionals engaged in these new and fascinating domains of International Relations that make us more capable of changing the world into a better place to live."--Paulo M. Buss, Center for Global Health, Fiocruz National School of Public Health, Rio de Janeiro, as reviewed in Journal of Public Health Policy

"I found it to be a clear, comprehensive introduction to public health's major concepts... Students praised the text's comprehensive nature: as many noted, it answered most questions they had about specific concepts, and it was extremely useful as a reference. They valued its readability and noted approvingly that it is "written in a way that doesn't talk down to us." They also appreciated the "key questions" and "learning points" in each chapter, which helped them focus on what was most important within the huge amount of information this book presents." --Medical Anthropology Quarterly

"This is a unique book. There is probably no other written work out there available to students and professionals that focuses on health problems prevalent on a global scale, and discusses available solutions... This book has a wealth of data for decision-making committees." -- Biz India

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195300277
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/6/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 452,753
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Historical Origins of Modern International Health
Chapter 3: International Health Agencies, Activities, and Other Actors
Chapter 4: The Political Economy of Health and Development
Chapter 5: What Do We Know, What Do We Need to Know, and Why it Matters-Data on Health
Chapter 6: Epidemiologic Profiles of Global Health and Disease
Chapter 7: Societal Determinants of Health and Social Inequalities in Health
Chapter 8: Health under Crisis
Chapter 9: Globalization, Trade, Work and Health
Chapter 10: Health and the Environment
Chapter 11: Health Economics and the Economics of Health
Chapter 12:Understanding and Organizing Health Care Systems
Chapter 13: Toward Healthy Societies: From Ideas to Action
Chapter 14: Doing International Health

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