Book DetailAuthor/Editor(s): Merrill Singer
Publication Date: June 9, 2009
Size: 13.3 MB
Book DescriptionThere is a need for a text that explains syndemics-the systems approach methodology for understanding and addressing complex public health problems. The book explains the use of systems approaches for brining together the largest possible picture for understanding health issues afflicting those most vulnerable in our society. The author explains new ways for understanding the health of the poor by looking at the whole and to considering the interconnections among the parts. This text provides an ideal text for courses in epidemiology, medical anthropology, community health nursing, and more.
Merrill Singer has astutely described why health problems should not be seen in isolation, but rather in the context of other diseases and the social and economic inequities that fuel them. An important read for public health and social scientists.
--Michael H. Merson, director, Duke Global Health Institute
Not only does this book provide a persuasive theoretical biosocial model of syndemics, but it also illustrates the model with a wide variety of fascinating historical and contemporary examples.
--Peter J. Brown, professor of Anthropology and Global Health and director, Center for Health, Culture, and Society, Emory University
The concept of syndemics is Singer’s most important contribution to critical medical anthropology as it interfaces with an ecosocial approach to epidemiology.
--Mark Nichter, Regents Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona
Merrill Singer offers the public the most comprehensive work ever written on this key area of research and policy making.
--Francisco I. Bastos, chairman of the graduate studies on epidemiology, Fundacao Oswaldo Cruz
Exquisitely describes how this new approach is a critical tool that brings together veterinary, medical, and social sciences to solve emerging infectious and non-infectious diseases of to- day’s world.
--Bonnie Buntain, MS, DVM, diplomate, American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine
For too long the great integrative perspectives on modern biomedicine and public health—disease ecology and social medicine—have remained more or less separate. In this innovative and provocative book, Merrill Singer develops a valuable synthesis that will re- shape the way we think about health and disease.
--Warwick H. Anderson, MD, PhD, professorial research fellow, Department of History and Centre for Values, Ethics, and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney