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Public Health and Social Justice. A Jossey-Bass Reader. Edition No. 1. Public Health/Vulnerable Populations

  • Book
  • 656 Pages
  • November 2012
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • ID: 2216066

Praise for Public Health and Social Justice

"This compilation unifies ostensibly distant corners of our broad discipline under the common pursuit of health as an achievable, non-negotiable human right. It goes beyond analysis to impassioned suggestions for moving closer to the vision of health equity."
—Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, Kolokotrones University Professor and chair, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; co-founder, Partners In Health

"This superb book is the best work yet concerning the relationships between public health and social justice."
—Howard Waitzkin, MD, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of New Mexico

"This book gives public health professionals, researchers and advocates the essential knowledge they need to capture the energy that social justice brings to our enterprise."
—Nicholas Freudenberg, DrPH, Distinguished Professor of Public Health, the City University of New York School of Public Health at Hunter College

"The breadth of topics selected provides a strong overview of social justice in medicine and public health for readers new to the topic."
—William Wiist, DHSc, MPH, MS, senior scientist and head, Office of Health and Society Studies, Interdisciplinary Health Policy Institute, Northern Arizona University

"This book is a tremendous contribution to the literature of social justice and public health."
—Catherine Thomasson, MD, executive director, Physicians for Social Responsibility

"This book will serve as an essential reference for students, teachers and practitioners in the health and human services who are committed to social responsibility."
—Shafik Dharamsi, PhD, faculty of medicine, University of British Columbia

Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Acknowledgments xix

The Editor xxiii

The Contributors xxv

Part I Human Rights, Social Justice, Economics, Poverty, and Health Care

1. Universal Declaration of Human Rights 5

2. Public Health as Social Justice 11
Dan E. Beauchamp

3. What We Mean by Social Determinants of Health 21
Vicente Navarro

4. The Magic Mountain: Trickle-Down Economics in a Philippine Garbage Dump 39
Matthew Power

5. Family Medicine Should Encourage the Development of Luxury Practices: Negative Position 55
Martin Donohoe

Part Two Special Populations

6. Homelessness in the United States: History, Epidemiology, Health Issues, Women, and Public Policy 77
Martin Donohoe

7. Historical and Contemporary Factors Contributing to the Plight of Migrant Farmworkers in the United States 85
Safina Koreishi, Martin Donohoe

8. The Persistence of American Indian Health Disparities 99
David S. Jones

9. Prejudice and the Medical Profession: A Five-Year Update 123
Peter A. Clark

10. Sexual and Gender Minority Health: What We Know and What Needs to Be Done 153
Kenneth H. Mayer, Judith B. Bradford, Harvey J. Makadon, Ron Stall, Hilary Goldhammer, Stewart Landers

11. Mental Disorders, Health Inequalities, and Ethics: A Global Perspective 171
Emmanuel M. Ngui, Lincoln Khasakhala, David Nndetei, Laura Weiss Roberts

12. Incarceration Nation: Health and Welfare in the Prison System in the United States 193
Martin Donohoe

Part Three Women’s Health

13. Individual and Societal Forms of Violence Against Women in the United States and the Developing World: An Overview 217
Martin Donohoe

14. Obstacles to Abortion in the United States 233
Martin Donohoe

15. The Way It Was 249
Eleanor Cooney

Part Four Obesity, Tobacco, and Suicide by Firearms: The Modern Epidemics

16. Weighty Matters: Public Health Aspects of the Obesity Epidemic 265
Martin Donohoe

17. Cigarettes: The Other Weapons of Mass Destruction 287
Martin Donohoe

18. Guns and Suicide in the United States 295
Matthew Miller, David Hemenway

Part Five Food: Safety, Security, and Disease

19. Factory Farms as Primary Polluter 303
Martin Donohoe

20. Genetically Modified Foods: Health and Environmental Risks and the Corporate Agribusiness Agenda 307
Martin Donohoe

21. Opposition to the Use of Hormone Growth Promoters in Beef and Dairy Cattle Production (American Public Health Association Policy Statement, Adopted 2009) 319
Elanor Starmer, David Wallinga, Rick North, Martin Donohoe

Part Six Environmental Health

22. Roles and Responsibilities of Health Care Professionals in Combating Environmental Degradation and Social Injustice: Education and Activism 333
Martin Donohoe

23. Global Warming: A Public Health Crisis Demanding Immediate Action 355
Martin Donohoe

24. Flowers, Diamonds, and Gold: The Destructive Public Health, Human Rights, and Environmental Consequences of Symbols of Love 365
Martin Donohoe

25. Is a Modest Health Care System Possible? 385
Andrew Jameton

Part Seven War and Violence

26. The Health Consequences of the Diversion of Resources to War and Preparation for War 399
Victor W. Sidel, Barry S. Levy

27. A Brief Summary of the Medical Impacts of Hiroshima 405
Robert Vergun, Martin Donohoe, Catherine Thomasson, Pamela Vergun

28. Medical Science Under Dictatorship 409
Leo Alexander

29. War, Rape, and Genocide: Never Again? 427
Martin Donohoe

Part Eight Corporations and Public Health

30. Combating Corporate Control: Protecting Education, Media, Legislation, and Health Care 439
Martin Donohoe

31. The Pharmaceutical Industry: Friend or Foe? 451
Jennifer R. Niebyl

32. Unnecessary Testing in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and General Medicine: Causes and Consequences of the Unwarranted Use of Costly and Unscientific (yet Profitable) Screening Modalities 463
Martin Donohoe

33. Urine Trouble: Practical, Legal, and Ethical Issues Surrounding Mandated Drug Testing of Physicians 473
Martin Donohoe

Part Nine Achieving Social Justice in Health Care Through Education and Activism

34. Promoting Public Understanding of Population Health 493
Stephen Bezruchka

35. Some Ideas for a Common Agenda 509
Peter Montague, Carolyn Raffensperger

36. Taking On Corporate Power - and Winning 521
Robert Weissman

37. US Health Care: Single-Payer or Market Reform 551
David U. Himmelstein, Steffie Woolhandler

38. US Health Professionals Oppose War 563
Walter J. Lear

39. The Residency Program in Social Medicine of Montefiore Medical Center: 37 Years of Mission-Driven, Interdisciplinary Training in Primary Care, Population Health, and Social Medicine 571
A. H. Strelnick, Debbie Swiderski, Alice Fornari, Victoria Gorski, Eliana Korin, Philip Ozuah, Janet M. Townsend, Peter A. Selwyn

40. Stories and Society: Using Literature to Teach Medical Students About Public Health and Social Justice 597
Martin Donohoe

Index 609


Martin T. Donohoe Portland State University, OR.