February New Public Health books
Health Disparities in the United States: Social Class, Race, Ethnicity, and the Social Determinants of Health
Health Disparities in the United States: Social Class, Race, Ethnicity, and the Social Determinants of Health: RA418.3.U6 B37 2019
Author(s): Donald A. Barr
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press 2019.
The health care system in the United States has been called the best in the world. Yet wide disparities persist between social groups, and many Americans suffer from poorer health than people in other developed countries. In this revised edition of Health Disparities in the United States, Donald A. Barr provides extensive new data about the ways low socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity interact to create and perpetuate these health disparities. Examining the significance of this gulf for the medical community and society at large, Barr offers potential policy- and physician-based solutions for reducing health inequity in the long term. This thoroughly updated edition focuses on a new challenge the United States last experienced more than half a century ago: successive years of declining life expectancy. Barr addresses the causes of this decline, including what are commonly referred to as "deaths of despair" from opiate overdose or suicide. Exploring the growing role geography plays in health disparities, Barr asks why people living in rural areas suffer the greatest increases in these deaths. He also analyzes recent changes under the Affordable Care Act and considers the literature on how race and ethnicity affect the way health care providers evaluate and treat patients. As both a physician and a sociologist, Barr is uniquely positioned to offer rigorous medical explanations alongside sociological analysis. An essential text for courses in public health, health policy, and sociology, this compelling book is a vital teaching tool and a comprehensive reference for social science and medical professionals.
Explorations of a Mind-Traveling Sociologist
Explorations of a Mind-Traveling Sociologist: RA418 .F661 2020
Author(s): Renée C. Fox
London, UK ; Anthem Press an imprint of Wimbledon Publishing Company 2020.
"Explorations of a Mind-Traveling Sociologist" is a book of thematically interconnected ethnographic essays by the internationally esteemed sociologist Renée C. Fox, who employs a participant observer outlook to provide unique insight on such enduring--and pressing--issues as the lived experiences of physicians and patients, including patients who are physically challenged, elderly, mortally ill or beyond the reach of medical care; the origins and consequences of epidemic outbreaks of old and new plague-like infectious diseases that occur and recur, despite the impressive advances of medicine; the concomitants and challenges of aging; the wellsprings, dynamics and significance of medical humanitarian action; engagement with a "beyond borders" world view; the occurrence of national and international events of major moral as well as political and legal import and repercussions; and the meaning and meaningfulness of teaching, exploring, questing and writing. Latently associated with these themes are the author's social values and social conscience. Composing these essays from a participant observer outlook heightens and enriches the author's observations over the course of her daily life, enabling her to engage in "mind travel" to places and people she has intimately known in the past and to places she has yearningly hoped to visit but never has.
Thinking Differently about HIV/AIDS: Contributions from Critical Social Science
Thinking Differently about HIV/AIDS: Contributions from Critical Social Science: RA643.86.C2 T55 2019
Author(s): Eric Mykhalovskiy, Viviane Namaste
Vancouver, BC : UBC Press 
Almost four decades after the discovery of HIV/AIDS, the world continues to grapple with this public health challenge. Thinking Differently about HIV/AIDS explores the limits of mainstream approaches to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and challenges readers to develop different solutions, emphasizing the value of critical social science perspectives. The contributors investigate traditions of inquiry - governmentality studies, institutional ethnography, and Indigenous knowledges, among others - to determine what these perspectives can bring to HIV/AIDS research, policy, and programming. Ultimately, this book demonstrates how and why critical social science is necessary for rethinking research and the course of action required to address the epidemic.
Ethics and Governance of Public Health Information
Ethics and Governance of Public Health Information: RA440.85 .H65 2019
Author(s): Stephen Holland
London : Rowman & Littlefield International 
This book analyses current ethical issues in public health research.
Communicable Diseases, 6th Edition: A Global Perspective
Communicable Diseases, 6th Edition: A Global Perspective: RA643 .W36 2019
Author(s): Roger Webber
Wallingford, Oxfordshire ; CABI 
Completely updated and revised, and now published in its 6th edition, this book includes 20 chapters providing an essential overview of infectious diseases for almost 25 years. A comprehensive yet synoptic account of infectious diseases, it covers theory, epidemiology and control, then systematically groups diseases by their main means of transmission. There are special chapters on infections in pregnancy and the concern of new and emerging diseases, and an annex lists all 353 diseases in an easy reference table. This edition includes updates to all chapters and a new section on melioidosis. It provides information concisely so it can be found at a glance, includes numerous clear diagrams, bullet points and tables for rapid review and learning, and contains a new full-colour internal design and online lecture slides to facilitate teaching. This book is an essential resource for physicians, medical students and all those in public health, and for healthcare workers needing a comprehensive yet concise practical text.
Action=Vie: A History of AIDS Activism and Gay Politics in France
Action=Vie: A History of AIDS Activism and Gay Politics in France: RA643.86.F7 B7613 2020
Author(s): Christophe Broqua
Philadelphia : Temple University Press 2020.
Act Up-Paris became one of the most notable protest groups in France in the mid-1990s. Founded in 1989, and following the New York model, it became a confrontational voice representing the interests of those affected by HIV through openly political activism. Action=Vie, the English-language translation of Christophe Broqua’s study of the grassroots activist branch, explains the reasons for the group’s success and sheds light on Act Up's defining features—such as its unique articulation between AIDS and gay activism. Featuring numerous accounts by witnesses and participants, Broqua traces the history of Act Up-Paris and shows how thousands of gay men and women confronted the AIDS epidemic by mobilizing with public actions. Act Up-Paris helped shape the social definition not only of HIV-positive persons but also of sexual minorities. Broqua analyzes the changes brought about by the group, from the emergence of new treatments for HIV infection to normalizing homosexuality and a controversy involving HIV-positive writers’ remarks about unprotected sex. This rousing history ends in the mid-2000s before marriage equality and antiretroviral treatments caused Act Up-Paris to decline.
Diagnosis Female: How Medical Bias Endangers Women's Health
Diagnosis Female: How Medical Bias Endangers Women's Health: RA564.85 .D92 2019
Author(s): Emily Dwass
Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield 2019.
Being a woman in the health care system is inherently hazardous to your health. Women often experience misdiagnosis and ignorance of their symptoms, in part because for centuries females were excluded from important medical research. This work reveals the gender bias that can cause harm. Tips and tools guide women to better health outcomes.