Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Aboriginal Health in Canada: Historical, Cultural and Epidemiological Perspectives (2Nd Edn)

Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Aboriginal Health in Canada: Historical, Cultural and Epidemiological Perspectives (2Nd Edn)

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Aboriginal Health in Canada: Historical, cultural and epidemiological perspectives (2nd edn) Waldram J, Herring D and Young T (2006) University of Toronto Press, Toronto; ISBN 0-8020-8579-2; PB; xii + 352 pp; 15 illustrations; AUD 32.25

REVIEWERS

ARLENE KENT-WILKINSON

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing

University of Saskatchewan, Canada

SHIRLEY WOODS

Nurse Epidemiologist

Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

This is a comprehensive, indispensable book for Canadian graduate and undergraduate students and for all those interested in Aboriginal health issues in Canada. This new edition includes all the historical detail from the 1995 edition, plus an account of the plethora of Aboriginal health research, government reports, and public policy in the last decade. The determinant of health model which includes the holistic model and the medicine wheel is more clearly explained. Added emphasis has been put on health determinants, health indicators and health status. Loose terms such as 'healing' are clarified, and the term 'Aboriginal healing' replaces 'Aboriginal medicine' to be more politically correct. Throughout the book a tighter overview is provided after each chapter.

Noticeable gaps in this second edition are the following: the high incarceration rates of Aboriginals and the resulting health effects on individuals, families and communities; family systems and the role of elders in health; Indian slavery and its place in Canadian history; fetal alcohol syndrome disorder (FASD); and, a more detailed analysis of the levels of transfer across the country and its impact on First Nations health. …

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