The State of Health Atlas: Mapping the Challenges and Causes of Disease / Edition 1

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This major profile of global health maps the prevalence and causes of disease as well as the economic, social, and environmental factors that influence well-being.

Bringing together the latest data to chart recent and emerging trends, the atlas vividly demonstrates regional differences in health and its determinants. It shows how health, poverty, and inequality are inextricably linked, and how health in every part of the world is affected by global changes.

With full-color maps and graphics and clear commentary, the atlas covers a wide range of topics, including: Life expectancy, Malnutrition and obesity, Water and sanitation, Cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, Infectious diseases from malaria to HIV/AIDS, Tobacco and alcohol use, Mental health, Urbanization, Climate change, War, violence, and abuse, Avian flu and pandemic planning, Antimicroblal resistance

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Editorial Reviews


“Can serve as a sobering introduction to and overview of global health issues.”
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“May serve as an effective education tool and may be the “clarion call for action” hoped for in the foreword.”
“Can serve as a sobering introduction to and overview of global health issues.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520254114
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/4/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,253,019
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Diarmuid O'Donovan is senior lecturer in Social and Preventive Medicine at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and Director of Public Health in the Health Service Executive, Western Area. A medical doctor currently based in Ireland, he has worked in the United Kingdom, Zambia, and the Gambia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword   Judith Mackay     8
Introduction     9
Acknowledgements     13
A Picture of Health     14
Life Expectancy     16
Maternal Health     18
Child Health     20
Determinants of Health     22
Poverty and Inequality     24
Education     26
Food and Nutrition     28
Water and Sanitation     30
Housing Conditions     32
Working Conditions     34
Healthcare     36
Tobacco     38
Alcohol and Drugs     40
Health Problems     42
Cancer     44
Heart Disease and Stroke     46
Diabetes     48
Mental Health     50
Violence and Abuse     52
Injury     54
Respiratory Diseases     56
Diarrhoeal Disease     58
Vaccine-Preventable Diseases     60
Sexually Transmitted Infections     62
HIV/AIDS     64
Tuberculosis     66
Malaria     68
Public Health Challenges     70
Urbanization     72
Climate Change     74
War     76
Pandemics     78
Antimicrobial Resistance     80
Disability     82
Ageing     84
Unhealthy Diets     86
Human Resources     88
Health Research     90
Measuring Health     92
Dates, Definitions and Data     94
Significant Events in Public Health: 400BCE - 1899     96
Significant Events in Public Health: 1900 - 2007     98
Glossary     100
Health Problems     102
Determinants and Challenges     110
Sources     118
Index     126
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