World Health by Ronan Foley


World Health by Ronan Foley

Over the last 100 years there have been enormous developments in modern medicine, and a whole range of previously incurable illnesses can now be treated. Yet people's chances of living a long, healthy life still vary dramatically, according to which country they live in, their social status, housing, diet, and many other factors. This title examines the different systems of healthcare, and the many inequalities in medical provision, that exist around the world. Why do the same diseases kill more people in some places than others? How have the major threats to human health changed over the years? And what can be done in the future to make the world's population healthier? Includes fact boxes, 'debate' suggestions to stimulate discussion and 'viewpoints' to show people's conflicting views on the subject.

About the Author

The author, Ronan Foley, is a geographer and has taught at University College, Cork, and the University of Brighton. He specializes in the Geography of Health and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and has worked on a number of collaborative projects with health authorities in the South-East of England. The consultant, Hazel Barrett, is a Reader in Development Geography and Head of the Geography Subject Group at Coventry University. She has undertaken research on health issues in Africa and South Asia and has written numerous papers on maternal health and the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa.

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64 pages


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Publication date

23rd October 2008



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