New York: Macmillan Reference USA. – 2002. – 422 p. The Encyclopedia of Public Health was designed to offer the lay reader information about important aspects of the sciences, arts, practical skills, organization, essential functions, and historical traditions of the field. It is intended specifically for general readers with a high school or college level education, although many professional workers, trainees, and students of public health will find much here of use and interest to them. Public health is one of the essential institutions of society. It exists to promote, protect, preserve, and restore the good health of all the people, and it achieves these ends largely through collective action. The component parts of public health include a wide array of intellectual disciplines, professions, trades, and practical skills: vital statistics, demography, epidemiology, and biostatistics; basic medical sciences such as microbiology, physiology, pharmacology, and toxicology; physical sciences such as physics and chemistry; engineering; social and behavioral sciences; and clinical sciences such as those that deal with communicable diseases, cancer, and heart disease. Mature professions such as medicine, nursing, dentistry, and law, as well as newly emerged professions such as psychology, nutrition, and dietetics are all engaged in public health. All are described and discussed in this encyclopedia. There are more than 900 entries in the Encyclopedia of Public Health, all arranged in alphabetical order for easy reference. The entries range in length from several thousand words on each of the most important sectors and disciplines of public health, to a hundred words or so that define basic elements of the field. All entries were written by experts, authorities in their respective fields. As much as possible, however, the authors have used language that is free of jargon and which should be easily accessible to the public at large, whether in the high school, community college, or public library environments. There are bibliographies to guide readers to sources of further information and exhaustive cross-references to help them to related topics. Contents Preface Introduction List of Articles List of Contributors Encyclopedia of Public Health Appendix Annotated Bibliography Outline of Contents Index
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