Disease is an ever-present threat faced by all human societies. Today, this concept has become an influential area of study known as the global burden of disease, which encompasses contemporary health concerns such as the economic costs of disease, the societal impact of illness in developing nations, and infectious diseases resulting from lifestyle exposures. Before we can ease this global burden, it is essential to establish an accurate view of the current status of human health and disease around the world.
Addressing key areas that reflect our understanding of disease, The Changing Face of Disease: Implications for Society explores the evolution of disease, the implications for human societies, its ecology, and the current human response. This volume aims to broaden our view of disease at the dawn of the 21st century through topics such as epidemiological transition, mathematical modeling of disease evolution, parasitic disease, urban pollution and illness, and under-nutrition and obesity. Contributions to the text reflect the authors' diverse perspectives and studies on human population biology, biological anthropology, and biomedical and public health issues.
This authoritative volume traces the evolution of modern disease and explores contemporary health challenges resulting from genetic, environmental, economic, and lifestyle factors. Through many levels of analysis, it provides a clear picture of the present state of health and disease and reminds us of the global burdens that have yet to be remedied.
Table of Contents
PART 1. HISTORICAL ASPECTS
Emerging Diseases in the Third Epidemiological Transition, George J. Armelagos
Life History Perspectives on Human Disease, Peter T. Ellison and Emily S. Barrett
The Evolution, Transmission and Geographic Spread of Infectious Diseases in Human Populations: Questions and Models, Lisa Sattenspiel
PART 2. CURRENT CHALLENGES
Genetic Epidemiology of Parasitic Diseases, Sarah Williams-Blangero, John J. Vandeberg, and John Blangero
Urban Pollution, Disease and the Health of Children, L.M. Schell and Elaine Hills
Protecting Pregnant Women from Malaria, S.W. Lindsay, R. McGready, and G.E.L. Walraven
Interdisciplinary Research on Schitosoma japonicum, Stephen T. McGarvey, Gemiliano D. Aligui, Jonathan D. Kurtis, Arve Lee Willingham III, Hélène Carabin, and Remigio Olveda
Unravelling Gene-Environment Interactions in Type 2 Diabetes, Nicholas J. Wareham
Investigating The 'Hidden' Epidemic: Sexual Behaviour and Representations of HIV / AIDS Amongst Business People and Medical Personnel in Five Central and Eastern European Nations, Robin Goodwin
The Evolution of Disease and the Devolution of Health Care for American Indians, Stephen J. Kunitz
The Public's Health: The Changing Role of Public Health, Jean Peters
Human Behaviour and the Changing Pattern of Disease, Brian J. Ford