Circumpolar Health Atlas

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T. Kue Young, Rajiv Rawat
University of Toronto Press, 2012 - Science - 190 pages

When many of us picture the areas surrounding the North Pole, we imagine barren landscapes, wintry conditions, and sparse human and animal populations. Opening up the Circumpolar Health Atlas will undoubtedly change this perception. Abounding with hundreds of vibrant, full-colour photographs and maps, this book presents a stunning and immersive portrait of life in the Arctic region, with an emphasis on the factors that contribute to human health in this area. Written with the general reader in mind, it can be enjoyed even by those who have little previous knowledge about the circumpolar regions.

The Circumpolar Health Atlas is also an informative and practical reference guide for health researchers, service providers, and policy makers, as it offers a broad, multidisciplinary understanding of the health of diverse populations who inhabit the polar regions of the northern hemisphere. The atlas includes overviews of the physical environment that influences human health; cultures and languages of northern peoples; different diseases and health conditions; and health systems, policies, resources, and services. It concludes with information on how education and research can be used to improve health in these regions.


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the CirCumPOlar WOrld
Changing Climate 16
Plants and Animals 21
CirCumPOlar PeOPles
Cultures and Languages 34
Infectious Diseases 96
Injuries and Violence 111
Mental Health and Suicide 116
HEALTH DETERMINANTS 19 Genetic Susceptibility 122
Cold and Dark 126
Living Conditions 130
Smoking Alcohol and Substance Use 148
HEALTH SYSTEMS 25 Governance and Organization 154

Origins and Prehistory 46
History and Politics 51
Population and Settlements 64
Society and Economy 74
h ealth status 10 General Health 86
Children and Youth 89
Reproductive Health 93
Financing and Expenditures 158
Education and Research 166
Bibliography 170
Credits 173

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About the author (2012)

T. Kue Young is the TransCanada Chair in Aboriginal Health in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

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