Unequal Health / Edition 1

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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.
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Editorial Reviews

Writing in a user-friendly style, Budrys offers a clear and simple explanation of the major factors contributing to the inequities, with the caveat that readers will be left with more questions than definitive answers. Recommended.
Writing in a user-friendly style, Budrys offers a clear and simple explanation of the major factors contributing to the inequities, with the caveat that readers will be left with more questions than definitive answers. Recommended.
Steven Whitman
Unequal Health could not have appeared at a more appropriate time. Inequality in health is arguably the most important public health issue confronting us today and yet, as we write, these inequalities are increasing rapidly. What causes the differences in health between older and younger people? Between men and women? Between Black people and White people? Are these differences inevitable? Are they the result of biology or of discrimination and oppression? These are the absolutely essential questions that Budrys fairly, directly, and eloquently discusses in her book.
Loretta E. Bass
Budrys's Unequal Health is a comprehensive text for students of the social determinants of health, whether they come from population studies, sociology, or social epidemiology. This edition draws on recent articles and reports from a wide range of publications to introduce students to the methods, theories, and relevant points of discourse. Additionally, this text is written in an engaging and readable style and will prove a useful tool for those who wish to understand unequal health in our world today.
Gesine Hearn
Grace Budrys' s book Unequal Health is a perfect textbook on health disparities. The author explains difficult and complex concepts in a conversational and engaging style. The book contains a wealth of information on health disparities, and the presentation of research findings and academic discussions is easy to follow. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about this very important public health issue.
Contemporary Sociology
Praise for the first edition:

Unequal Health provides an excellent opportunity for readers to begin critically to examine the complex relationship of various social categories and the ways that health is affected.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742527416
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.93 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Grace Budrys is professor of sociology at DePaul University. She is the author of Our Unsystematic Healthcare System.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The Tools: Definitions, Measures, and Data Sources 11
3 The Causes of Death 33
4 Age and Sex 47
5 Race and Poverty 63
6 Lifestyle and Health Behavior 85
7 Medical Care 107
8 Genes 125
9 Stress 143
10 Social Inequality 161
11 Population Health 181
12 Policy 207
Bibliography 235
Index 267
About the Author 271
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