Air, the Environment and Public Health

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Cambridge University Press, 2006 - Medical - 243 pages
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Air, the Environment and Public Health traces the theme of air and health from ancient civilisations onwards. The author explores the changing conceptions of air and health alongside historical developments in public health, and critically examines contemporary problems - conceptual, scientific, philosophical and ethical - in public health theory and practice. The first part surveys air and health in early civilisations, as well as the nineteenth-century debates around miasma and evolution. The second part explores the history of smoke pollution and health. Part three examines philosophical issues around modern air pollution epidemiology, and part four looks at climate change and ethical frameworks in public health. The book is a unique blend of public health science, history of medicine, ethics and philosophy. It will be of interest to those working or studying in public health, environmental health, medicine, history of medicine, environmental philosophy, and medical ethics.
 

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Contents

Whole air
17
Miasma contagion and survival of the fittest
34
Polluted air
49
air pollution policy and public health in Britain
65
Epidemiological theory and philosophical considerations
117
New horizons
153
Climate change social justice and other moral
174
environmental ethics and new moral horizons
199
Conclusions and recommendations
216
Index
233
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