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The Five Horsemen of the Modern World: Climate, Food, Water, Disease, and Obesity

by Daniel Callahan

In recent decades, we have seen five perilous and interlocking trends dominate global discourse: irreversible climate change, extreme food and water shortages, rising chronic illnesses, and rampant obesity....


Culture of Death: The Age of ¿Do Harm¿ Medicine

by Wesley J. Smith

When his teenage son Christopher, brain-damaged in an auto accident, developed a 105-degree fever following weeks of unconsciousness, John Campbell asked the attending physician for help. The doctor refused....


Restoring Quality Health Care: A Six-Point Plan for Comprehensive Reform at Lower Cost

by Scott Atlas

In Restoring Quality Health Care, Dr. Scott Atlas examines the status of US health care, particularly in light of the Affordable Care Act, and presents a series of key reforms to meet the significant health...


GMO Myths and Truths: A Citizen's Guide to the Evidence on the Safety and Efficacy of Genetically Modified Crops and Foods, 3rd Edition

by Claire Robinson, Michael Antoniou & John Fagan

It is often claimed that the case against genetically modified (GM) crops and foods is based on emotion, not science, and that to oppose GM crop and food technology is to be anti-science. It is also claimed...


Ethiopia Health Extension Program: An Institutionalized Community Approach for Universal Health Coverage

by Huihui Wang & Roman Tesfaye

As a low-income country, Ethiopia has made impressive progress in improving health outcomes. This report examines how Ethiopia's Health Extension Program (HEP) has contributed to the country's move toward Univeral...


Pandemic

by Sonia Shah

Scientists agree that a pathogen is likely to cause a global pandemic in the near future. But which one? And how?

Over the past fifty years, more than three hundred infectious diseases have either newly emerged...


Critical Interventions in the Ethics of Healthcare: Challenging the Principle of Autonomy in Bioethics

by Dave Holmes & Stuart J. Murray

Critical Interventions in the Ethics of Healthcare argues that traditional modes of bioethics are proving incommensurable with burgeoning biotechnologies and consequently, emerging subjectivities. Drawn from...


Eventful Bodies: The Cosmopolitics of Illness

by Michael Schillmeier

Disrupting, questioning and altering the taken-for-granted 'cosmos' of everyday life, the experiences of illness challenge the different ways in which social normalcy is remembered, maintained and expected....


Food Pedagogies

by Rick Flowers & Elaine Swan

In recent years everyone from politicians to celebrity chefs has been proselytizing about how we should grow, buy, prepare, present, cook, taste, eat and dispose of food. In light of this, contributors to this...


Gendered Drugs and Medicine: Historical and Socio-Cultural Perspectives

by Teresa Ortiz-Gómez & María Jesús Santesmases

Drugs are considered to be healers and harmers, wonder substances and knowledge makers; objects that impact on social hierarchies, health practices and public policies. As a collective endeavour, this book focuses...


The Power of the Media in Health Communication

by Valentina Marinescu & Bianca Mitu

Health is a contested concept that has been defined in numerous ways. The media is extremely powerful in promoting health beliefs and in creating role models for contemporary people. The ways in which health...


Genomics and the Reimagining of Personalized Medicine

by Richard Tutton

Drawing on insights from work in medical history and sociology, this book analyzes changing meanings of personalized medicine over time, from the rise of biomedicine in the twentieth century, to the emergence...


An Applied Visual Sociology: Picturing Harm Reduction

by Stephen Parkin

Exploring the value of photography and video as legitimate forms of social enquiry, An Applied Visual Sociology: Picturing Harm Reduction constitutes a guidebook for conducting applied visual sociology within...


Diagnostic Cultures: A Cultural Approach to the Pathologization of Modern Life

by Svend Brinkmann

Some studies estimate that each year, around a quarter of the population of Western countries will suffer from at least one mental disorder. Should this be interpreted as evidence for the progress of psychiatry,...


Regulating Alcohol around the World: Policy Cocktails

by Tiffany Bergin

With the World Health Organization estimating that nearly four percent of global deaths are due to alcohol, alcohol misuse can be an extremely damaging social problem, and one that governments around the world...


Reproductive Medicine and the Life Sciences in the Contemporary Economy: A Sociomaterial Perspective

by Alexander Styhre

In Reproductive Medicine and the Life Sciences in the Contemporary Economy, Alexander Styhre and Rebecka Arman illuminate issues that have given rise to terms such as 'the bioeconomy' and 'the baby business'....


The health debate

by David J. Hunter

This second edition of this best-selling book offers a fresh look at how the British NHS is coping under increased pressures. It offers a critical perspective on concerns and a critique of the market-style changes...


Unsafe Abortion and Women's Health: Change and Liberalization

by Colin Francome

Unsafe abortion remains one of the most neglected sexual and reproductive health problems according to the World Health Organisation. In recent years it has been estimated that nearly 44 million abortions occur...


Bodies Across Borders: The Global Circulation of Body Parts, Medical Tourists and Professionals

by Bronwyn Parry, Beth Greenhough & Isabel Dyck

Historically organised at a local or national scale, the fields of medicine and healthcare are being radically transformed by new communication, transport and biotechnologies creating, in the process, a genuinely...


Collaboration across Health Research and Medical Care: Healthy Collaboration

by Bart Penders & Niki Vermeulen

Health research and health care practice are radically transforming as governments invest more in large scale, national and international health projects with increasing levels of interdisciplinarity as populations...