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TitleToward a New Definition of Health [electronic resource] : Psychosocial Dimensions / edited by Paul I. Ahmed, George V. Coelho
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US, 1979
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Descript XXXIV, 470 p. online resource


It is generally recognized today that the United States has a need to contriยญ bute to the improvement of health throughout the world. The need stems from the interrelationships that exist between the health of Americans and the health status of the rest of the people on "Spaceship Earth." Disease does not respect national boundaries, and the frequency of travel and trade between countries increases each year. It further relates to the opportunities found in international settings to help solve health problems more effecยญ tively and efficiently. This includes the unique human resources that are found throughout the world as well as certain natural ecological conditions that cannot be duplicated in the United States. The United States also has a responsibility to contribute to improved health status. Our tradition of humanitarianism alone supports such a reยญ sponsibility, but our comparative wealth of technical and financial reยญ sources dictates a requirement to participate. Modern political realities deยญ fine relationships between developed and developing countries that will not allow us to isolate ourselves from the compelling health needs of a majority of the world's population


I: Dimensions of Health and Illness: Toward an Integrated Model -- 1 Toward a New Definition of Health: An Overview -- 2 Disease and Illness from a Biocultural Standpoint -- 3 Sickness as Cultural Semantics: Issues for an Anthropological Medicine and Psychiatry -- 4 The Dimensions of Medical Rationality: A Problematic for the Psychosocial Study of Medicine -- 5 Psychosocial Factors and Health: New Program Directions -- 6 The Role of Indigenous Medicine in WHOโ{128}{153}s Definition of Health -- II: Psychosocial Factors in Disease: Some Specific Examples -- 7 Occupational Stress and Health -- 8 Psychosocial Dimensions of Drug Abuse -- 9 Views on the Psychosocial Dimensions of Cancer and Cancer Treatment -- 10 Labeling and Discrimination in Mental Health -- III: Health Needs of Special Groups: Some Specific Examples -- 11 Coping with Health Problems in Aging -- 12 Toward a Definition of Health Risks for Ethnic Minorities: The Case of Hypertension and Heart Disease -- 13 The Social and Psychological Aspects of Family Planning -- 14 Healthy Family Functioning: Cross-Cultural Perspectives -- 15 Urban Health Services in Developing Countries: Culture, Technology, and Politics -- IV: Methodology for Health Analysis -- 16 Evaluating Family and Work Settings -- 17 Evaluating Human Service Programs: Psychosocial Methods -- 18 Health Sector Assessment -- V: Implications for Practitioners and Policy Planners -- 19 Toward a More Caring Society -- 20 Mental Health Services: Alternatives Now and for the Future -- 21 International Health Planning: Psychosocial Issues and Implications for Development Assistance -- 22 Health Care in the Year 2000

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