Unequal Health / Edition 1

Unequal Health / Edition 1

by Grace Budrys
     
 

ISBN-10: 0742527417

ISBN-13: 9780742527416

Pub. Date: 08/28/2003

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

This book introduces students and researchers to a wealth of scientific information about health disparities among Americans. While scientific research has burgeoned in recent years, the results are upsetting some firmly fixed beliefs regarding what people can or should do to improve their health. The book contrasts popular beliefs about the relevance of such factors

Overview

This book introduces students and researchers to a wealth of scientific information about health disparities among Americans. While scientific research has burgeoned in recent years, the results are upsetting some firmly fixed beliefs regarding what people can or should do to improve their health. The book contrasts popular beliefs about the relevance of such factors as sex, race, poverty, and health habits with research on those factors reported in the scientific literature. Budrys extends her analysis to more complicated topics, namely, access to medical care, genetics, and stress. The final chapters of the book switch from a focus on the health of individuals to the health profile of whole populations. These chapters deal with research on the relationship between social inequality and health status -- generally identified as social epidemiology or the study of population health. Budrys's synthesis of key research challenges basic tenets of the American belief system that promote the idea that all of us could improve our health significantly if we simply chose to do so. Her books shows health and well-being in America are directly tied to economic status -- a relationship that extends well beyond obvious explanations related to poverty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742527416
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2003
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.93(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1Introduction1
2The Tools: Definitions, Measures, and Data Sources11
3The Causes of Death33
4Age and Sex47
5Race and Poverty63
6Lifestyle and Health Behavior85
7Medical Care107
8Genes125
9Stress143
10Social Inequality161
11Population Health181
12Policy207
Bibliography235
Index267
About the Author271

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