Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Canada, 5th Edition

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Canada, 5th Edition

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Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Canada, 5th Edition Chandrakant P. Shah. Toronto, ON: Elsevier Saunders, 2003; $54.95

The 5th edition of this popular text on public health in Canada builds on its predecessors, expanding on the already broad range of topics addressed in previous editions. It incorporates the latest information on population health status and federal/provincial/territorial reports related to health care reform. Dr. Shah summarizes and links information from numerous data sources. Reviewers of this edition represent a broad cross section of the Canadian public health intelligentsia.

The intended readers of this text include health professionals, health administrators, policy makers, students at all levels, and the general public. It will be most appreciated by those interested in learning about the Canadian health system and its history, whether they come from a research or lay perspective.

In 600 pages, Dr. Shah covers a diverse range of health topics. The text is organized into three parts: Health and Disease, The Health of Canadians, and The Health Care System. Appendix A provides summary tables of the preventive manoeuvres recommended by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care. Appendix B provides a set of educational objectives. There is a detailed Table of Contents and a well organized index. Both assist the reader in accessing needed information rapidly. Most chapters from previous editions have been substantially rewritten and updated.

Chapter 3 presents a conceptual framework of health indicators developed by Statistics Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information, and provides the definitions for many key health indicators. …

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