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Why are Some People Healthy and Others Not? : Social Institutions and Social Change - Morris Barer

Why are Some People Healthy and Others Not?

Social Institutions and Social Change

By: Morris Barer (Editor)

Paperback Published: 31st December 1994
ISBN: 9780202304908
Number Of Pages: 401

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Each topical chapter in this volume crystallizes the findings of a five-year study, under the auspices of the Population Health Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, that probed the links between social hierarchy, the "macroenvironmental" factors in illness patterns, the quality of the "microenvironmental," and other determinants of health.ÿ In its aggregate, this volume will prove essential to an understanding of the underlying public health issues for the next several decades.ÿ

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-The book is collectively written by several members of the Population Health Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. After many years of interaction, these authors, representing various disciplines (e.g., biological, cultural, social, economic), formulated ideas about both the determinants and measurement of health and the proper role of the health care delivery system... [T]he book focuses on strategies for improving human health both through the development of better evaluation and data systems, and by formulating better health policies while promoting efficient and effective management of the health care delivery system. General; undergraduate through professional.-

--H. S. Pitkow, Choice

-This volume is as much a challenge for political theorists as it is a collection for policy analysts; and it would be a shame if it were only to circulate within the realm of public policy.-

--Katherine Fierlbeck, Canadian Journal of Political Science

-[T]he book synthesizes the literature from many disciplines but presents a paradigm of health that is almost universally accepted in both academic and health policy circles: namely, that health is determined through the interplay of a host of varied factors, with medicine merely one of many potentially useful ones... [T]he book successfully emphasizes the possible contributions to the health of populations of resource reallocations from medical to non-medical activities... [T]he book effectively highlights the trade-offs between medical expenditures and other activities that may enhance health.-

--Peter C. Coyte, The Canadian Journal of Economics

-At the heart of this book lies a fundamental critique of two cornerstones of contemporary health policy: the role of modern medical care in the production of health, and the role of individual -life style choices- in the production of disease... Overall this book is both an invaluable resource for recent developed-country social epidemiology and a stimulating critique of received theories and observations in the social science of health and illness.-

--Constance A. Nathanson, Contemporary Sociology "The book is collectively written by several members of the Population Health Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. After many years of interaction, these authors, representing various disciplines (e.g., biological, cultural, social, economic), formulated ideas about both the determinants and measurement of health and the proper role of the health care delivery system... [T]he book focuses on strategies for improving human health both through the development of better evaluation and data systems, and by formulating better health policies while promoting efficient and effective management of the health care delivery system. General; undergraduate through professional."

--H. S. Pitkow, Choice

"This volume is as much a challenge for political theorists as it is a collection for policy analysts; and it would be a shame if it were only to circulate within the realm of public policy."

--Katherine Fierlbeck, Canadian Journal of Political Science

"[T]he book synthesizes the literature from many disciplines but presents a paradigm of health that is almost universally accepted in both academic and health policy circles: namely, that health is determined through the interplay of a host of varied factors, with medicine merely one of many potentially useful ones... [T]he book successfully emphasizes the possible contributions to the health of populations of resource reallocations from medical to non-medical activities... [T]he book effectively highlights the trade-offs between medical expenditures and other activities that may enhance health."

--Peter C. Coyte, The Canadian Journal of Economics

"At the heart of this book lies a fundamental critique of two cornerstones of contemporary health policy: the role of modern medical care in the production of health, and the role of individual "life style choices" in the production of disease... Overall this book is both an invaluable resource for recent developed-country social epidemiology and a stimulating critique of received theories and observations in the social science of health and illness."

--Constance A. Nathanson, Contemporary Sociology "The book is collectively written by several members of the Population Health Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. After many years of interaction, these authors, representing various disciplines (e.g., biological, cultural, social, economic), formulated ideas about both the determinants and measurement of health and the proper role of the health care delivery system... [T]he book focuses on strategies for improving human health both through the development of better evaluation and data systems, and by formulating better health policies while promoting efficient and effective management of the health care delivery system. General; undergraduate through professional."

--H. S. Pitkow, Choice

"This volume is as much a challenge for political theorists as it is a collection for policy analysts; and it would be a shame if it were only to circulate within the realm of public policy."

--Katherine Fierlbeck, Canadian Journal of Political Science

"[T]he book synthesizes the literature from many disciplines but presents a paradigm of health that is almost universally accepted in both academic and health policy circles: namely, that health is determined through the interplay of a host of varied factors, with medicine merely one of many potentially useful ones... [T]he book successfully emphasizes the possible contributions to the health of populations of resource reallocations from medical to non-medical activities... [T]he book effectively highlights the trade-offs between medical expenditures and other activities that may enhance health."

--Peter C. Coyte, The Canadian Journal of Economics

"At the heart of this book lies a fundamental critique of two cornerstones of contemporary health policy: the role of modern medical care in the production of health, and the role of individual "life style choices" in the production of disease... Overall this book is both an invaluable resource for recent developed-country social epidemiology and a stimulating critique of received theories and observations in the social science of health and illness."

--Constance A. Nathanson, Contemporary Sociology

Preface
Introductionp. 3
Producing Health, Consuming Health Carep. 27
Heterogeneities in Health Status and the Determinants of Population Healthp. 67
The Social and Cultural Matrix of Health and Diseasep. 93
The Role of Genetics in Population Healthp. 133
If Not Genetics, Then What? Biological Pathways and Population Healthp. 161
Coronary Heart Disease from a Population Perspectivep. 189
The Determinants of a Population's Health: What Can Be Done to Improve a Democratic Nation's Health Status?p. 217
Small Area Variations, Practice Style, and Quality of Carep. 231
Regulating Limits to Medicine: Towards Harmony in Public- and Self-Regulationp. 253
Social Proprioception: Measurement, Data, and Information from a Population Health Perspectivep. 287
The Future: Hygeia versus Panakeia?p. 317
Referencesp. 335
Indexp. 369
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ISBN: 9780202304908
ISBN-10: 0202304906
Series: Social Institutions and Social Change
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 401
Published: 31st December 1994
Publisher: ALDINE PUB
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.53

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