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Stunted Lives, Stagnant Economies: Poverty, Disease, and Underdevelopment / Edition 1

Stunted Lives, Stagnant Economies: Poverty, Disease, and Underdevelopment / Edition 1

by Eileen Stillwaggon


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Stunted Lives, Stagnant Economies: Poverty, Disease, and Underdevelopment / Edition 1

An important study on the impact of poverty on health and the effect of poor health on national economies and human development

This is a fascinating, lively, and well-written book.  The author has a clear message which she states at the beginning, namely, that health is primarily an economic, not a medical problem, and she follows that to the end.Keith Griffin, University of California, Riverside

Houses made of rags and flattened soda cans, filthy water that breeds disease, counterfeit medicines, no access to decent medical care how can children growing up in such an environment become productive workers contributing to a developing economy? 

Stunted Lives, Stagnant Economies describes in vivid detail the living conditions of the poor in developing countries and the diseases and injuries that result from this environment of need.  Most of the diseases that affect the poor cholera, summer diarrhea, tuberculosis, lice, worms, leprosy result from the poverty of their environment.  Poverty also determines the availability and effectiveness of the medical response.  Using Argentina as a case study, Eileen Stillwaggon argues that making good health available to everyone is not a scientific problem but an economic one. 
The debt crisis of the 1980s and the subsequent structural adjustment policies adopted by most developing countries exacerbated the problems faced by the poor. What kind of future can a nation build when the health of the majority of the population its workforce—is at risk or compromised because social services have been reduced?  Without adequate health care and social services, people cannot live up to their potential, and the spiral of poverty continues.  But there are ways to fight this cycle of poverty. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813524948
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 01/28/1998
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 152.40(w) x 228.60(h) x (d)

About the Author

Eileen Stillwaggon is an assistant professor of economics at Gettysburg College. Her research includes work on the Ute Reservation in Utah, in Tanzania, and in Argentina.

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