Sick Societies: Responding to the global challenge of chronic disease

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David Stuckler, Karen Siegel
OUP Oxford, Oct 20, 2011 - Medical - 376 pages
Chronic diseases-heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, and common cancers-claim more than one out of every two lives worldwide. Within the next few decades their toll will rise, most greatly in developing countries. Yet this rapid growth of chronic diseases is not being met with a proportionate global response. Left unaddressed, they pose a major threat to social and economic development. This book is the first to synthesize the growing evidence-base surrounding chronic disease, comprehensively addressing the prevention and control of chronic diseases from epidemiologic, economic, prevention/management, and political economy perspectives. Sick Societies is written in five main parts. The first three chapters explore the causes and consequences of chronic diseases on a global level. Chapter four identifi es different approaches to preventing and managing chronic diseases, while chapters five and six consider the power and politics in global health that have stymied an effective response to chronic disease. In chapter seven, the themes from the first three parts come into focus through a series of invited contributions from leading public health experts. The final chapter sets out a model of pragmatic and imaginative solidarity, wherein the struggles of the rich and poor to survive are united by a common cause and shared goals.

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David Stuckler, MPH, PhD, is an economic sociologist and epidemiologist at Harvard University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, his MPH from Yale University and his PhD from Cambridge before becoming a Research Fellow at the London School and receiving his appointment to the Department of Sociology at Oxford. He has been widely-recognized as an expert on economics and global health, winning grants from the World Health Organization and UNICEF on the political economy of healthcare, and from the European Centers for Disease Control on the impact of economic crises on public health. He has taught at Yale, Cambridge and Oxford on the subjects of global politics, economics and health as well as quantitative methods. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Economist, Guardian, New Scientist, BBC News, Scientific American, NPR, and Slate, among other print, radio and television venues.

Karen Siegel, MPH, received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MPH from Yale School of Public Health. She has written articles on environmental and policy approaches to prevent chronic diseases in India and globally, as well as on diabetes advocacy issues and chronic disease curricula improvement, in Health Affairs, The Lancet, Globalization & Health, and Nursing Standard. Previously, she played a major role in the development of the Oxford Health Alliance's Community Interventions for Health as part of the study's evaluation team, based at Matrix Public Health Solutions, Inc. and later at Oxford University. She is actively involved in the development of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network, an online community with membership that spans over 150 members in 20 countries worldwide.

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