A Brief History of Disease, Science and Medicine by Michael Kennedy

By Michael Kennedy

This creation to the heritage of medication starts with the evolution of infectious ailments on the finish of the final ice age. It describes the beginning of technological know-how and drugs in historical civilizations, together with China and India. the 1st 3rd of the e-book covers the early interval that's thought of the "classical" heritage of drugs. the remaining describes the evolution of contemporary drugs and surgical procedure as much as the current. the ultimate bankruptcy is a background of clinical economics and explains the beginning of medical health insurance, HMOs and scientific malpractice court cases, topics defined nowhere else within the clinical tuition curriculum.

There is a forty web page index and over 550 footnotes, so much of them references to the unique articles defined within the textual content. A bibliography of crucial resources is additionally incorporated.

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And Fox, J. (1991) Health and class:The early years, London: Chapman & Hall. J. J. B. H. J. Costello (eds) Developmental Science, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp 97-120. , Gordon, D. and Davey Smith, G. (1999) The widening gap: Health inequalities and policy in Britain, Bristol:The Policy Press. , Mitchell, R. and Davey Smith, G. ’, BMJ, vol 331, p 575. J. (2003) Weighing the evidence: How is birthweight determined? Oxford: Radcliffe Press. , Logan, S. and Gill, L. (1999a) ‘Socioeconomic status and birth weight: comparison of an area-based measure with the Registrar General’s social class’, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol 53, pp 495-8.

And Gill, L. (1999a) ‘Socioeconomic status and birth weight: comparison of an area-based measure with the Registrar General’s social class’, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, vol 53, pp 495-8. , and Gill, L. (1999b) ‘Trends and social patterning of birthweight in Sheffield, 1985-94’, Archives of Disease in Childhood, vol 81, pp F138-F140. H. and Tverdal, A. (2004) ‘Can cardiovascular risk factors and lifestyle explain the educational inequalities in mortality from ischaemic heart disease and from other heart diseases?

The report refers directly to this point: Other areas of work were omitted because they were not included in our terms of reference. So, although we recognise that the setting of targets concerned with reducing health inequalities is an important area for policy development, we were advised that consideration of this issue was not within the Inquiry’s remit. (Acheson, 1998, p 3) Targets are challenging tools for policy makers. Framing the target to produce a desirable result without undue effect elsewhere is problematic.

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