An authoritative and comprehensive guide to the major issues, challenges, methods, and approaches of global public health. This encyclopedia will cover all dimensions of the field, from details of specific diseases to the organization of social insurance agencies. A significant percentage of the articles will cover public health aspects of diseases and conditions. Other articles will survey aging, diet, injuries, ethical and legal subjects in public health, measurement and modeling, consumerism, anthropology and sociology, economics, the history of public health, and global issues.
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Stella Quah (Ph.D) is Adjunct Professor, Health Services and Systems Research Program, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, National University of Singapore. Her previous appointment was as Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore where she started her long academic career in 1972, initially at the Department of Community Medicine and Public Health and later on at the Department of Sociology. She was a Fulbright-Hays scholar from 1969 to 1971. Her research and professional activities include sabbaticals as Research Associate and Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California Berkeley (1986-87); the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Department of Sociology at Harvard University (1993-94); the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University (1997); the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies, Stanford University (1997); the National Centre for Development Studies, Australian National University (2002); and the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University (2006). She was elected Chairperson of the Research Committee on Health Sociology of the International Sociological Association (ISA) for the session 1990-1994; Vice-President for Research of ISA and Chairperson of the ISA Research Council for the session 1994-1998; and served as Associate Editor of International Sociology (1998-2004). As part of her current professional activities, Stella Quah serves in institutional review boards; and is member of international Editorial and Advisory Boards of several referee journals including the British Journal of Sociology and Sociology of Health and Illness. She has published extensively on health sociology, public policy and family sociology including the International Handbook of Sociology (London: Sage, 2000) edited with A. Sales and Families in Asia: Home and Kin (London: Routledge, 2008);. Among her publications on health sociology are “Crisis Prevention and Management during SARS Outbreak, Singapore , Emerging Infectious Diseases, 10, 2: 364-368, 2004, with HP Lee; “Traditional Healing Systems and the Ethos of Science, Social Science and Medicine, 57, 10:1997-2012, 2003; Crisis Preparedness: Asia and the Global Governance of Epidemics, ed. (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Shorenstein APARC & Brookings Institution, 2007); “Public image and governance of epidemics: Comparing HIV/AIDS and SARS, Health Policy, 80, 253-272, 2007; “Health and culture in The New Blackwell Companion to Medical Sociology (edited by W.C. Cockerham, 2010); and “Gender and the burden of disease in ten Asian countries , Asia-Europe Journal, 8, 499-512, 2011.Review:
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"This impressive set covers the gamut of public health scholarship. Its 505 alphabetically arranged entries average 3,000 to 8,000 words, with thorough bibliographies and cross-references. The entries fall into 30 sections outlined in a subject classification in volume 1. Sections include fundamental areas such as health promotion, economics and epidemiology, specific diseases such as cancer, particular populations, and many other topics. Global aspects of public health are especially well represented, including overviews of the health care systems of several countries and regions, and attention to health concerns of both the developed and developing world. A diverse, accomplished group of 30 section editors oversaw the efforts of 500 authors from around the world, and all entries have been peer reviewed. The set features numerous illustrations, many of them in color, and an exhaustive index. The encyclopedia is also available online through ScienceDirect (CH, Sep'06, 44-0034). Springer recently released the Encyclopedia of Public Health, ed. by Wilhelm Kirch (CH, Dec'08, 46-1826), priced only $400 lower than this set. However, the International Encyclopedia of Public Health is a far better value. Its comprehensive, current coverage makes it vital for academic libraries supporting public health or related programs. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-level undergraduates and above." --U. Ellis, Deaconess Hospital
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