Global Health: An Introductory Textbook

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Global Health: An Introductory Textbook by Hans Rosling et al, Studentlitteratur (2006)


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This is an introductory textbook on the global health situation written by teachers and researchers in International Health at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. It is written from a public health perspective showing how closely linked health is with social realities, money and the environment.

The book starts with a critical review of the concept of human development and the factors that determine the health of the population in different countries. Thereafter, the limitations and merits of the most used indicators of health are discussed and the sources of global health statistics and demographic data are presented. Past, present and future changes in the disease panorama are explained within the chapter on 'health transition'. Subsequent chapters describe the diseases that cause the most human suffering, grouped into communicable diseases, nutritional disorders, non-communicable diseases, injuries and reproductive health. Changes in health and fertility that affect world population, health policy and health systems and the growing number of international organisations promoting global health are discussed in the final chapters.

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