Diseases of Poverty

Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, and Modern Plagues

Lisa V. Adams and John R. Butterly

Diseases of Poverty

Lisa V. Adams and John R. Butterly

Distributed for Dartmouth College Press

232 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9781611687521 Published April 2015
Only a few decades ago, we were ready to declare victory over infectious diseases. Today, infectious diseases are responsible for significant morbidity and mortality throughout the world. This book examines the epidemiology and social impact of past and present infectious disease epidemics in the developing and developed world. In the introduction, the authors define global health as a discipline, justify its critical importance in the modern era, and introduce the Millennium Development Goals, which have become critical targets for most of the developing world. The first half of the volume provides an epidemiological overview, exploring early and contemporary perspectives on disease and disease control. An analysis of nutrition, water, and sanitation anchors the discussion of basic human needs. Specific diseases representing both “loud” and “silent” emergencies are investigated within broader structures of ecological and biological health such as economics, education, state infrastructure, culture, and personal liberty. The authors also examine antibiotic resistance, AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and pandemic influenza, and offer an epilogue on diseases of affluence, which now threaten citizens of countries both rich and poor. A readable guide to specific diseases, richly contextualized in environment and geography, this book will be used by health professionals in all disciplines interested in global health and its history and as a textbook in university courses on global health.
Contents
PROLOGUE • INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL HEALTH • GLOBAL HEALTH: SYSTEMS, AGENCIES, ORGANIZATIONS, AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS • A BRIEF PRIMER OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES: HUMANS, THEIR ENVIRONMENT, AND EVOLUTION • EPIDEMIOLOGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES: INTRODUCTION AND EARLY PERSPECTIVES • EPIDEMIOLOGY OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE • THE BASIC NECESSITIES OF LIFE: NUTRITION, WATER, AND SANITATION • LOUD EMERGENCIES I: HIV/AIDS • LOUD EMERGENCIES II: TUBERCULOSIS • LOUD EMERGENCIES III: MALARIA • THE SILENT EMERGENCIES: WHAT IS KILLING OUR CHILDREN? • ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE AND INFECTION CONTROL • PANDEMIC INFLUENZA: FROM BASIC BIOLOGY TO GLOBAL HEALTH IMPLICATIONS • EPILOGUE: DISEASES OF AFFLUENCE •
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