Health and Illness in the Community: An Oxford Core Text

Paperback | May 21, 2003

EditorRoss J Taylor, Blair H Smith, Edwin R van Teijlingen

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In line with major changes in medical education over the last decade, Health and Illness in the Community stresses the importance of the community and the health of the population which play an integral part in becoming a good doctor. Through the use of case histories, summary panels, bulletlists the book looks at the context within which illness is experienced, health is sought and medicine is practised. It explains to the reader how the determinants of health and illness are much wider than the influence of medicine, or indeed healthcare. It is generally recognised that theeffectiveness 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 environmental, 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 thehealth 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 providesthe material required.

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In line with major changes in medical education over the last decade, Health and Illness in the Community stresses the importance of the community and the health of the population which play an integral part in becoming a good doctor. Through the use of case histories, summary panels, bulletlists the book looks at the context within w...

Dr Ross J Taylor, Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen Dr Blair H Smith, Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen Edwin R van Teijlingen, Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.43 inPublished:May 21, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192631683

ISBN - 13:9780192631688

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Part 1 - Society, Health and Illness1. Introduction: society, health and illness2. Description of society3. An epidemiological picture of society4. How do we know we are healthy?5. What do we mean by illness?Part 2 - Influences on Health6. Introduction: influences on health7. Social influences on health8. Economic and political influences on health9. Environmental influences on health10. Influence of mental processes on health11. Influence of age on healthPart 3: Illness and healthcare in the community12. Introduction: illness and healthcare in the community13. Health promotion14. Organisation of medical care15. Chronic illness16. Impairment, disability and handicap17. Mental illness: vulnerable people in the community18. Death and dying