Health, Illness, and Society

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Mar 152018
 

This engaging text provides a sociological perspective on health, illness, and health care. Serving as an introduction to medical sociology for undergraduate and graduate students, it also presents a summary of the field for medical sociologists and for public health scholars and practitioners. A highlight of the text is its emphasis on the social roots of health and disease and on the impact of social inequality on health disparities and the quality of health care. The book also critically examines health care in the United States and around the world and evaluates the achievements and limitations of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and other recent health care reform efforts.

Pedagogical aids including chapter-opening Learning Questions and Health and Illness in the News vignettes and chapter-ending Summary and Key Terms sections. Most chapters also end with a Giving It Some Thought vignette in which students are presented with a hypothetical situation involving a health and society issue and asked to reflect on how they would respond in the situation.

This text is accompanied by an ancillary package designed to enhance the learning experience of both instructors and students

Pedagogical aids include:
Learning Questions and Health and Illness in the News vignettes open each chapter.
Summary and Key Terms sections help students review each chapter’s key concepts.
Giving It Some Thought vignettes present students with hypothetical situations involving health and society issues.

About the Author
Steven E. Barkan is professor of sociology at the University of Maine, where he teaches Health, Illness, and Society as well as a number of other courses. He is an award-winning textbook author, whose works include Criminology: A Sociological Understanding, Sixth Edition; Law and Society: An Introduction; Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World; Social Problems: Continuity and Change; and Discovering Society: Using MicroCase ExplorIt, Third Edition. Barkan is a past president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and currently the president of the Textbook & Academic Authors Association.

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Handbook of Research on Healthcare Administration and Management

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Mar 152018
 

Effective healthcare delivery is a vital concern for citizens and communities across the globe. The numerous facets of this industry require constant re-evaluation and optimization of management techniques.

The Handbook of Research on Healthcare Administration and Management is a pivotal reference source for the latest scholarly material on emerging strategies and methods for delivering optimal healthcare opportunities and solutions. Highlighting issues relating to decision making, process optimization, and technological applications, this book is ideally designed for policy makers, administrators, students, professionals, and researchers interested in achieving superior healthcare solutions.

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Hormones, Metabolism and the Benefits of Exercise

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Mar 092018
 

The world is faced with an epidemic of metabolic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. This is due to changes in dietary habits and the decrease in physical activity. Exercise is usually part of the prescription, the first line of defense, to prevent or treat metabolic disorders. However, we are still learning how and why exercise provides metabolic benefits in human health. This volume focuses on the cellular and molecular pathways that link exercise, muscle biology, hormones and metabolism. This will include novel “myokines” that might act as new therapeutic agents in the future.

 

 

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Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis: Current Understanding, Management, and Future Developments

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Mar 092018
 

This text provides a state-of-the art review of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC). The volume focuses on new data about risk factors for PSC, its natural history of the disease, and the epidemiology and genetics of PSC, while providing a comprehensive overview on current and future therapies for PSC, management of cholangiocarcinoma, and other hepatobiliary malignancies. It also touches upon up-to-date surgical and endoscopic management, including liver transplantation- both deceased donor and living related liver transplantation.

Written by experts in the field, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis: Current Understanding, Management, and Future Developments is a valuable resource for clinicians, surgeons and researchers with an interest in biliary liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver transplantation.

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Cerebral Palsy: A Multidisciplinary Approach

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Mar 092018
 

This third edition systematically reviews recent developments in the diagnosis and evidence-based treatment of cerebral palsy, a consequence of foetal and early infant brain damage resulting in lifelong disabilities with a range of clinical characteristics. The first part discusses the definition, aetiology, classification, imaging and neuropathology, while the second focuses on the management of the individual challenges that children with cerebral palsy face, such as spasticity, dyskinesia, feeding problems and scoliosis.
Based on the diverse characteristics of cerebral palsy, children require care from various specialists, including neuro-paediatricians, orthopaedists, psychologists, epidemiologists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. This work was written by an international team of such specialists, providing a comprehensive mix of perspectives and expertise.

 

 

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Zika Virus and Diseases: From Molecular Biology to Epidemiology

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Mar 052018
 

Compiles the most current information on the Zika virus and its associated diseases

This comprehensive book provides the most up–to–date information for students, medical students, and scientists on Zika virus and its associated diseases. It includes all the information related to the Zika virus since its discovery in 1947; its epidemic outbreak in 2007–2014; how the epidemiology changed in America in 2015–2016; its mode of transmission; how to prevent and treat it; and associated diseases.

Zika Virus and Diseases: From Molecular Biology to Epidemiology offers complete and up–to–date coverage in 10 chapters. It presents information from papers that attempted to associate the virus with diseases in Africa until the first animal experiment; discusses its association with Guillain–Barré syndrome and microcephaly; describes the basic mechanisms for Zika (ZIKV) replication, including important differences between Dengue (DENV), West–Nile virus (WNV), and ZIKV; explains the difference between the strains and discusses the pathogenesis of them; covers the papers that showed all the interferences that Zika can cause, and the pathways which can be modified; and more.

The first book since 1947 to put together all the scientific information
Compiles all the information received in the last year about Zika virus
Clearly demonstrates the origin and discovery of the virus
Zika Virus and Diseases: From Molecular Biology to Epidemiology will appeal to graduate students, medical students, basic researchers, clinicians in infectious disease, microbiology, and virology, as well as people in related disciplines interested in learning more about this topic.

 

 

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Dysphagia: Complications, Management and Clinical Aspects

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Mar 032018
 

Dysphagia is the difficulty or improper swallowing of liquids, solids, or even saliva. This book provides new research on the complications, management and clinical aspects of dysphagia. Chapter One reviews the development of normal swallowing in infants and children and protective reflexes to prevent aspiration; the pathophysiologic events that occur due to aspiration and some of the disease processes in children associated with dysphagia; and current methods of diagnosis of dysphagia and its therapy in children. Chapter Two focuses on dysphagia after suffering a stroke. Chapter Three discusses the incidence, mechanism, and treatment of dysphagia and pneumonia in acute intracerebral hemorrhage. Chapter Four reviews the epidemiology of dysphagia in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and the method of evaluating their swallowing problems.

Series: Digestive Diseases – Research and Clinical Developments.

 

 

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Interdisciplinary Concepts in Cardiovascular Health

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Feb 282018
 

This book provides an introduction to the principles of both cardiovascular epidemiology and molecular pathophysiology; as a unique aspect, it also outlines and discusses the molecular concepts underlying epidemiological observations.

 

 

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An Introduction to Infectious Disease Modelling 1st Edition

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Feb 282018
 

Mathematical models are increasingly being used to examine questions in infectious disease control. Applications include predicting the impact of vaccination strategies against common infections and determining optimal controlstrategies against HIV and pandemic influenza. This book introduces individuals interested in infectiousdiseases to this exciting and expanding area. Themathematical level of the book is kept as simple aspossible, which makes the book accessible to those who havenot studied mathematics to university level. Understandingis further enhanced by models that can be accessed online, which will allow readers to explore the impact of differentfactors and control strategies, and further adapt anddevelop the models themselves. The book is based on successful courses developed by theauthors at the London School of Hygiene and TropicalMedicine. It will be of interest to epidemiologists, publichealth researchers, policy makers, veterinary scientists, medical statisticians and infectious disease researchers.
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Women’s Health and Biomechanics: Where Medicine and Engineering Meet

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Feb 222018
 

This book focuses on particular mental and physical aspects of women’s health, presenting topics concerning the pelvis and pelvic floor dysfunction and the breast during a woman’s life, such as rehabilitation for pelvic and breast disorders, and the benefits of biomechanical analysis in treating these conditions. With each chapter providing a brief survey of a major research area related to the theme, the book offers an integrated overview of topics such as the bio-psycho-social model of women’s health, pelvic floor evaluation in sports, the breast, pregnancy and delivery. It is a valuable resource for a wide range of readers, including researchers, graduates and professionals.
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