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Air, the Environment and Public Health - Anthony Kessel

Air, the Environment and Public Health

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Published: 25th November 2010
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Anthony Kessel explores the changing conceptions of air and health alongside historical developments in public health, and critically examines contemporary problems--conceptual, scientific, philosophical and ethical--in public health theory and practice. His book is a unique blend of public health science, history of medicine, ethics and philosophy. Its multi-disciplinary approach will be of interest to students as well as professionals in public health, environmental health, medicine, history of medicine, environmental philosophy, and medical ethics.

'Anthony Kessel takes his readers on a remarkable journey that transcends time, place, and academic discipline. A true polymath, he draws on a wide range of disciplinary perspectives to explore our interaction with the air that we breath, encompassing both what it does to us and, increasingly, what we are doing to it. As we move from the philosophy of the ancient Greeks to the consequences of climate change for social justice by way of the techniques of quantitative risk assessment we learn why it is necessary for anyone truly interested in the health of populations to climb out of their intellectual silos and begin the ascent to a place from where they can begin to understand the remarkable complexity of the world we inhabit.' Professor Martin McKee CBE, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
'Air has always played a role in human interpretation and understanding of health, and we are reminded of this today by disease names such as malaria, and by the presence of scattered high altitude TB sanatariums now converted to other use. Air, the Environment and Public Health explores the interrelationship of air and health from earliest recorded history to the present, as empirical scientific knowledge has gradually replaced former beliefs and misunderstandings. Because of its in-depth exploration of 21st century issues such as environmental ethics and climate change, and its linking of these issues to historical events in England during the preceding 150 years, Anthony Kessel's book is a timely and important read for all students and practitioners of public health, environmental health, medicine, philosophy, and the history of medicine.' Professor David Heymann, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Chairman of the Health Protection Agency
"Kessel successfully engages the reader in the important debate on air pollution and global warming, an expands the boundaries of the debate to include some of the philosophical bases of Western civilization. And that is not a mean feat." Sverre Vedal, Respiratory Care

Glossary of terms and abbreviations
Foreword David Greaves and Tony McMichael
Introduction
Whole Air:
Early conceptions of air and health
Miasma, contagion, and survival of the fittest
Polluted Air:
As far as is practicable: air pollution policy and public health in England, 1800-1900
Hot air but little action: air pollution policy and public health in England, 1900-1939
Disaster, reductionism and personal responsibility: air pollution policy and public health, 1939-1970
Air Pollution, Epidemiology and Public Health: Theoretical and Philosophical Considerations:
Measuring the health effects of polluted air: quantitative risk assessment case-study
Epidemiological theory and philosophical considerations
Public health, philosophy and the nature of evidence
New Horizons:
Climate change: science and utilitarianism
Climate change, social justice, and other moral frameworks
The bigger picture: environmental ethics and new moral horizons in public health
Conclusions and recommendations
Index
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ISBN: 9780521157735
ISBN-10: 0521157730
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 25th November 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.0  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.42