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The Changing Face of Disease : Implications for Society - C. G. Nicholas Mascie-Taylor

The Changing Face of Disease

Implications for Society

Hardcover Published: 11th February 2004
ISBN: 9780415322805
Number Of Pages: 224

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Disease is an ever-present threat faced by all human societies. Today, this concept has become an influential area of study known as the global burden of disease, which encompasses contemporary health concerns such as the economic costs of disease, the societal impact of illness in developing nations, and infectious diseases resulting from lifestyle exposures. Before we can ease this global burden, it is essential to establish an accurate view of the current status of human health and disease around the world.
Addressing key areas that reflect our understanding of disease, The Changing Face of Disease: Implications for Society explores the evolution of disease, the implications for human societies, its ecology, and the current human response. This volume aims to broaden our view of disease at the dawn of the 21st century through topics such as epidemiological transition, mathematical modeling of disease evolution, parasitic disease, urban pollution and illness, and under-nutrition and obesity. Contributions to the text reflect the authors' diverse perspectives and studies on human population biology, biological anthropology, and biomedical and public health issues.
This authoritative volume traces the evolution of modern disease and explores contemporary health challenges resulting from genetic, environmental, economic, and lifestyle factors. Through many levels of analysis, it provides a clear picture of the present state of health and disease and reminds us of the global burdens that have yet to be remedied.

List of figuresp. ix
List of tablesp. xi
List of contributorsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Historical aspectsp. 5
Emerging disease in the third epidemiological transitionp. 7
Life history perspectives on human diseasep. 23
The evolution, transmission and geographic spread of infectious diseases in human populations: questions and modelsp. 40
Current challengesp. 65
Genetic epidemiology of parasitic diseasesp. 67
Urban pollution, disease and the health of childrenp. 85
Protecting pregnant women from malariap. 104
Interdisciplinary research on Schistosoma japonicump. 114
Unravelling gene-environment interactions in type 2 diabetesp. 130
Investigating the 'hidden' epidemic: sexual behaviour and representations of HIV/AIDS amongst business people and medical personnel in five Central and Eastern European nationsp. 139
The evolution of disease and the devolution of health care for American Indiansp. 153
The public's health: the changing role of public healthp. 170
Human behaviour and the changing pattern of diseasep. 182
Indexp. 205
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ISBN: 9780415322805
ISBN-10: 0415322804
Series: Society for the Study of Human Biology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 11th February 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1

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