9780192631688

Health and Illness in the Community

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  • ISBN13:

    9780192631688

  • ISBN10:

    0192631683

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-05-15
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

In line with major changes in medical education over the last decade, 'Community-based Medicine' stresses the importance of the community and health of the population which play an integral part in becoming a good doctor. Through the use of case histories, summary panels, bullet lists the book looks at the context within which illness is experienced, health is sought and medicine is practiced. It explains to the readerhow the determinants of health and illness are much wider than the influence of medicine, or indeed healthcare. It is generally recognised that the effectiveness of clinical decisions made for each patient is increased if the doctor takes account of the patient's family and community setting. Equally the impact of these decisions is mediated through the environment, economic and political conditions of the day. This concise multi-disciplinary textbook for medical students takes a practical approach to the subject, integrating the subjects that are being taught within the community. Taking health and normality as a starting point, the book considers the environmental and social factors which influence the health of a community, discussing the nature, distribution and determinants of illness. Students need a solid understanding of medicine in the community encompassing elements of public health, general practice, child health, geriatrics, mental health, psychology and sociology and this book provides the material required. OXFORD CORE TEXTSThe Oxford Core Text series provides concise, yet comprehensive coverage of a range of essential topics in the medical curriculum. Written and tested in concultation with students, each book offers a clear and accessible account of the core material, supported by many case studies, learning aids and clinical examples. All titles include the key information which the reader will need to prepare for successful clinical practice - making these texts ideal for all stages of the medical curriculum and beyond.

Table of Contents

Contributors xi
PART I Society, health and illness
1(54)
Introduction: society, health, and illness
3(8)
Description of society
11(8)
An epidemiological picture of society
19(16)
How do we know we are healthy?
35(10)
What do we mean by illness?
45(10)
PART II Influences on health
55(60)
Introduction: influences on health
57(4)
Social influences on health
61(10)
Economic and political influences on health
71(8)
Environmental influences on health
79(14)
Influence of mental processes on health
93(12)
Influence of age on health
105(10)
PART III Illness and healthcare in the community
115(88)
Introduction: illness and healthcare in the community
117(4)
Health promotion
121(12)
Organization of medical care
133(14)
Chronic illness
147(12)
Physical impairment, disability, and handicap
159(18)
Psychological problems in the community
177(14)
Death and dying
191(12)
Index 203

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