Public Health and the Risk Factor: A History of an Uneven Medical Revolution

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April 2008



Examines the history and evolution of the concepts of risk factors and healthy lifestyles and their application to coronary heart disease, the major chronic disease of the twentieth century. This work focuses on coronary heart disease as a public health, rather than a medical, issue, and the various concepts that have been used in preventing it.


Public Health and the Risk Factor is a terrific book. It describes the evolution of a concept that has become central to public health and medical thought: the risk factor. The author uses nontechnical language to guide readers through a wide array of 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century technical developments that are the basis of our current understanding of the risk factor concept. JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION Volume 290, No 17 (The New England Journal of Medicine) strongly recommend(s) this book to everyone interested in the interface of public health and clinical medicine and in the epidemiology of CHD.NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE 350;6 February 5, 2004 (A) well written book...whether you read the entire book, or only selected chapters, you will walk away with a wealth of knowledge. NEW JERSEY MEDICINE A rich and useful study. JOURNAL OF THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE This ... is a sophisticated analysis of the way health policy was and is created, amended, and circumvented. While maintaining good sociological skepticism about motives, it is open-minded about the role of industry and technology in helping to advance a healthier society... The individual and collective power of Rothstein's facts and linkages is overwhelming and, at the same time, delightful... (H)e has written one of the best books in the sociology of medicine in recent memory. CONTEMPORARY SOCIOLOGY In clear, nontechnical language Rothstein introduces readers to the history of vital statistics and their precursors, from sixteenth-century bills of mortality to censuses and on to the increasingly complex life tables of the insurance industry. PROJECT MUSE
EAN: 9781580462860
ISBN: 1580462863
Untertitel: 'Rochester Studies in Medical H'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2008
Seitenanzahl: 466 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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