Epidemiology and the Peoples Health: Theory and Context

Paperback | September 19, 2013

byNancy Krieger

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Epidemiology is often referred to as the science of public health. However, unlike other major sciences, its theoretical foundations are rarely articulated. While the idea of epidemiologic theory may seem dry and arcane, it is at its core about explaining the people's health. It is about lifeand death. It is about biology and society. It is about ecology and the economy. It is about how myriad aspects of people's lives - involving work, dignity, desire, love, play, conflict, discrimination, and injustice - become literally incorporated into our bodies and manifest in our health status,individually and collectively. And it is about essential knowledge critical for improving the people's health and minimizing inequitable burdens of disease, disability, and death.Woven from a vast array of schools of thought, including those in the natural, social, and biomedical sciences, epidemiologic theory is a rich tapestry whose time for analysis is long overdue. By tracing its history and contours from ancient societies on through the development of - and debateswithin - contemporary epidemiology worldwide, Dr. Krieger shows how epidemiologic theory has long shaped epidemiologic practice, knowledge, and the politics of public health. Outlining an ecosocial theory of disease distribution that situates both population health and epidemiologic theory insocietal and ecologic context, she offers a more holistic picture of how we embody the human experience.

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Epidemiology is often referred to as the science of public health. However, unlike other major sciences, its theoretical foundations are rarely articulated. While the idea of epidemiologic theory may seem dry and arcane, it is at its core about explaining the people's health. It is about lifeand death. It is about biology and society. ...

Nancy Krieger, Ph.D., is Professor of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. She received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989. In 1994 she co-founded, and still chairs, the Spirit of 1848 Caucus of the American Public Health Association, which is concer...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:September 19, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199348421

ISBN - 13:9780199348428

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Preface1. Does Epidemiologic Theory Exist? On Science. Data, and Explaining Disease Distribution2. Health in the Balance: Early Theories About Patterns of Disease Occurrence3. Epidemiology Emerges: Early Theories and Debating Determinants of Disease Distribution-Poison. Filth, Class, and Race ( 1600-1900)4. Epidemiology Expands: Germs, Genes. and the (Social) Environment ( 1900-1950)5. Contemporary Mainstream Epidemiologic Theory: Biomedical and Lifestyle6. Social Epidemiologic Alternatives: Sociopolitical and Psychosocial Frameworks7. Ecosocial Theory of Disease Distribution: Embodying Societal and Ecologic Context8. Epidemiologic Theory Counts: Harm, Knowledge, Action, and the People's Health