Introduction to Syndemics A Critical Systems Approach to Public and Community Health

ISBN-10: 0470472030
ISBN-13: 9780470472033
Edition: 2009
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List price: $65.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 7/17/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Introduction to Syndemics: A Critical Systems Approach to Public and Community Health explains the use of systems approaches for bringing together the largest possible picture for understanding health issues afflicting those most vulnerable in our society. This book, for faculty, students, researchers, and practitioners in public health, health policy, medical anthropology, and social work, explains new ways of understanding the health of the poor by looking at the whole and to considering the interconnections among the parts, how they promote and reinforce each other and thereby create thereby a complex and burdensome web of interwoven health and social problems - in other words, syndemics.Endorsed by the Centers for Disease Control and Research (which hosts a website on syndemics), the syndemics orientation 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. Through scholarship, action, reflection, and networking, public health scientists are discovering how a syndemic orientation fosters a deeper understanding of essential relationships and opens new pathways for fulfilling the transformative potential of public health work. It is an action-oriented approach to public health based on the ecological model.

Preface
The Author
Acknowledgments
Introducing Key Concepts in Syndemics
Learning from Lichen: Reconceptualizing Health and Disease
On Not Planting Cut Flowers: The Weight of History
Germ Theory and the Biomedical Conception of Disease
Revolutions in Biomedical Realities
Problems with Postulates
Confronting Comorbidity
Toward Syndemic Reconceptualization
Local Knowledge
Connections: Human and Nonhuman
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Discussion
Syndemic Cases
Trucking Between the Bailiwicks: Multidisciplinarity, Sava, and Synergies in Health
Why Multidisciplinarity
The Term Syndemic
The SAVA Syndemic
SAVA Among Victims of Domestic Violence
SAVA Among MSM
SAVA Among Street Drug Users
SAVA Among Commercial Sex Workers
SAVA and Public Health
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Discussion
Exemplars: Syndemic Case Studies
Syllables in the Biological Message
Varieties of Microlevel Disease Interaction
Syndemic Diversity
Renocardiac Syndemic
SARS-Chronic Disease Syndemic
Asthma-Influenza Syndemic
Diabulimia Syndemic
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Discussion
HIV/AIDS and Other Infections: Immune Imparity and Syndemogenesis
Assessing the HIV/AIDS Syndemics
Opportunistic Infections and HIV/AIDS
Sexually Transmitted Disease Syndemics
Hepatitis and HIV/AIDS Syndemic
Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS Syndemic
Malaria and HIV/AIDS Syndemic
VL and HIV/AIDS Syndemic
Helminths and HIV/AIDS Syndemic
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Discussion
Beyond Contagion: HIV/AIDS and Noninfectious Disease Syndemogenesis
An Aging Epidemic
Infectious and Chronic Disease Connections
Kidney Disease and HIV
Food Insufficiency and HIV
Cardiovascular Diseases and HIV/AIDS
Emotional and Cognitive Health and HIV/AIDS
Countersyndemics
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Discussion
Society, History, and The Environment
Inequity as a Cofactor: The Syndemic Impact of Social Disparities
Disease in the Time of Disparity
The Making Social of Disease
Biologizing Experience
Supersyndemics
Health and Human Rights
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Discussion
Syndemics and the Worlds They Made
Before Now
Irish Famine Syndemic of 1741
Gibraltar Cholera Syndemic of 1865
Massachusetts Scarlet Fever Syndemic of the 1800s
Global Influenza Syndemic of 1918
Syndemics Among Native Americans on the American Frontier
Syndemics of the Mormon Migration
Syndemics of War
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Discussion
A World Out of Balance: Emergent and Reemergent Ecosyndemics
Emergent Syndemics of a Troubled World
From Emergent Infection to Emergent Syndemic
Reemergent Diseases and Emergent Syndemics
Superinfection: Intragenus Syndemics
Iatrogenic Syndemics
Unintended Countersyndemics
Ecosyndemics and the Anthropocene
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Discussion
Applications of the Syndemic Perspective
Practical Utility: Mobilizing the Syndemic Model in the Promotion of Health and Treatment of Disease
Why Study Syndemics?
Public Health and Syndemic Prevention
Medical Treatment of Syndemics
Modeling Syndemics
Future Syndemics
Summary
Key Terms
Questions for Discussion
Glossary
References
Index

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