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Social Injustice and Public Health

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Author/Editor(s): Barry S. Levy, Victor W. Sidel
Publication Date: August 29, 2013
ISBN-10: 0199939225
ISBN-13: 978-0199939220
Language: English
Edition: 2
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Size: 4.41 MB
Format: pdf

Book Description

This second edition of Social Injustice and Public Health is a comprehensive, up-to-date, evidence-based resource on the relationship of social injustice to many aspects of public health. With contributions from leading experts in public health, medicine, health, social sciences, and other fields, this integrated book documents the adverse effects of social injustice on health and makes recommendations on what needs to be done to reduce social injustice and thereby improve the public's health.

Social Injustice and Public Health is divided into four parts:
  • The nature of social injustice and its impact on public health
  • How the health of specific population groups is affected by social injustice
  • How social injustice adversely affects medical care, infectious and chronic non-communicable disease, nutrition, mental health, violence, environmental and occupational health, oral health, and aspects of international health
  • What needs to be done, such as addressing social injustice in a human rights context, promoting social justice through public health policies and programs, strengthening communities, and promoting equitable and sustainable human development

With 78 contributors who are experts in their respective subject areas, this textbook is ideal for students and practitioners in public health, medicine, nursing, and other health sciences. It is the definitive resource for anyone seeking to better understand the social determinants of health and how to address them to reduce social injustice and improve the public's health.

About the Author

Barry S. Levy, M.D., M.P.H., is an Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Tufts University School of Medicine and a past president of the American Public Health Association (APHA), and has had extensive experience in public health practice, education, research, and consulting, both in the United States and 20 other countries. He has written numerous articles and book chapters on a wide range of public health subjects and has co-edited 16 other books, including, with Dr. Sidel, two editions of War and Public Health and two editions of Terrorism and Public Health.

Victor W. Sidel, M.D., is Distinguished University Professor of Social Medicine Emeritus at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and an Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is also a past president of APHA and has been president of the Public Health Association of New York City (PHANYC). He was a founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), which was the recipient of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize.

Reviews

An invaluable primer on how inequity breeds ill health...It should be widely read by policymakers and practitioners looking for a passionate and scholarly review of societal changes that would avert enormous suffering.

--New England Journal of Medicine

A useful contribution to a critical field of public health.

--International Journal of Epidemiology

Essential. A must-have for any public health department and a must-read for those pursuing a career in public health and/or health policy.

--Choice
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