The Health of Populations: Beyond Medicine

The Health of Populations: Beyond Medicine

by Jack James


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780128028124
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 11/11/2015
Pages: 526
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jack James was educated in Sydney, where he completed university studies in psychology, biology, social science, and the humanities. He trained as a clinical psychologist, and completed a PhD in experimental clinical psychology. Shortly thereafter, he was drawn to the new field of health psychology, which became the mainstay of his subsequent professional and academic career. He has been on the faculty of several universities in Australia and Europe, and has been principal investigator and recipient of health-related research grants from major granting bodies in Australia, Ireland, Iceland, and the European Union. In the 1990s, he was Foundation Professor of Behavioural Health Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne, and Founding National Chair of the Australian College of Health Psychologists. In the 2000s, he was Professor and Head of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway. He now lives and works in Iceland, where he is Professor of Psychology, Reykjavík University.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Science of Health 1. The Origins of Health 2. Current Patterns of Death and Disease 3. Twelve Millennia of Changing Human Habits and Habitats 4. Biomedicine and Common Causes of Mortality and Morbidity

Part 2: The Harm of Medicine 5. Medical Harm: What Is It and What Is the Extent? 6. Prescription Drugs, Surgery, and Infections 7. The Commercial Culture of Medicine 8. Pharmaceutical Industry Entanglement with Biomedical Science 9. The Charms and Harms of Personalized Medicine

Part 3: Achieving Optimal Health Sustainability 10. Healing Practices and Evidence-based Medicine 11. Placebo and the Therapeutic Process 12. Prevention and Control of Disease 13. Associated Prevention Concepts and Models 14. Optimal Health: Risk Factor Reduction and Adjunctive Biomedical Intervention 15. Mental Health

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