Author(s): Singer, Merrill
ISBN No.: 9780470472033
Pages: 304 Year: 200907
Format: eBook — Price: £65.00
Reviews: This book explains the growing field of syndemic theory and research, a framework for the analysis and prevention of disease interactions that addresses underlying social and environmental causes.
This perspective complements single-issue prevention strategies, which can be effective for discrete problems, but often are mismatched to the goal of protecting the public’s health in its widest sense. “Merrill Singer has astutely described why health problems should not be seen in isolation, but rather in the context of other diseases and the social and economic inequities that fuel them. An important read for public health and social scientists.” —Michael H. Merson, director, Duke Global Health Institute.
“Not only does this book provide a persuasive theoretical biosocial model of syndemics, but it also illustrates the model with a wide variety of fascinating historical and contemporary examples.” —Peter J. Brown, professor of Anthropology and Global Health and director, Center for Health, Culture, and Society, Emory University “The concept of syndemics is Singer’s most important contribution to critical medical anthropology as it interfaces with an ecosocial approach to epidemiology.