Global Health: Diseases, Programs, Systems, and Policies 4th Edition (2020) (PDF) by Michael H. Merson

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  • Year: 2020
  • Page Number: 992
  • File Type: PDF
  • File Size: 42.04 MB
  • Authors/ Editiors: Michael H. Merson

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Global Health: Diseases, Programs, Systems, and Policies, Fourth Edition brings together contributions from the world’s leading authorities into a single comprehensive text. It thoroughly examines the wide range of global health challenges facing low- and middle-income countries today and the various approaches nations adopt to deal with them. These challenges include measurement of health status, infectious and chronic diseases, injuries, nutrition, reproductive health, global environmental health, and complex emergencies. The book also explores the financing and management of emerging health systems as well as the roles of nation states, international agencies, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations in promoting health. Designed for graduate-level students, this text provides an expansive view of today’s issues and challenges in global health and be an invaluable resource in the years to come. Updated throughout to reflect new and emerging issues, the Fourth Edition o

Wolfgang Joklik Professor of Global Health, Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina –This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

User’s Review:

I am a 52 year old physician now taking an MPH as a one-year break from clinical medicine. This is an edited book, so I can’t just pick on one set of authors…but I felt compelled to give my feedback. I have read 80% of this book, sometimes twice… I felt compelled to write a review because although the book is well written and has a nice layout–although there are many annoying “snippits” that direct attention away from the test–…I find the details of the text to be tedious, repetitive, and not clinically useful. Flowery descriptions of nothing are the rule (most doctors will know what I mean by this). What happened to medical physiology? It is conspicuously absent here. Points of emphasis are not made in bold print. This is academia in it’s full (gulp) glory… Graphs concerning breast feeding in Nambia and stuff like that are incomprehensible and far too prevalent. Citations make this like reading one of those “full of hot air” studies. The reader is PUNISHED! I am not even sure that after reading each detail, that I am any “better” as a physician. I would encourage the editor to perhaps take some of the subjective opinions, flowery exuberant descriptions of the obvious– and UNICEF/WHO advertisements out in favor of clear-cut medical “proven” facts so that the students understand what is going on with the material. Also, it emphasizes that “tobacco taxes are a positive” when I believe that it is proven that this has just been a money grab for governments at the EXPENSE of the poor… also, some of the opinions and studies were not extremely well thought out, though well-meaning. For example, evaluating nutritional deficits in third-world countries.. the book LOVES to say “in low income countries” which is annoying and leaves the reader with the guilt of living in a first-world country (but that is expected, isn’t it). .. let’s stick to the facts and not to some worthless yet well-meaning studies. Don’t get me wrong, there is some redeeming good in this book.. but spending hours in the library reading it is killing my time…not making me much better. Unfortunately, this book proves to me that many in public health just simply are not good scientists and they are chasing altruism and have a good heart, but jumping around and stamping your feet saying “feed the children… fix sub-Saharan Africa” is just not good science. We all know that these “poor countries” have rich people in them taking advantage of the third market doctors that come in..and bright health care professionals from these countries are moving to get more money because indigent medicine simply doesn’t pay.

I found this book very informative on the current issues of global health. You will have the general idea of what is going on throughout the world, although not in depth, as the book presents a lot of relevant examples. The only drawback is the layout in Kindle, so I suggest getting the printed version.

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