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Introduction to Syndemics A Critical Systems Approach to Public and Community Health by Merrill Singer

Introduction to Syndemics A Critical Systems Approach to Public and Community Health


Introduction to Syndemics A Critical Systems Approach to Public and Community Health by Merrill Singer

There is a need for a text that explains syndemics-the systems approach methodology for understanding and addressing complex public health problems. The book explains the use of systems approaches for brining together the largest possible picture for understanding health issues afflicting those most vulnerable in our society. The author explains new ways for understanding the health of the poor by looking at the whole and to considering the interconnections among the parts. This text provides an ideal text for courses in epidemiology, medical anthropology, community health nursing, and more.

About the Author

Merrill Singer, a cultural and medical anthropologist who earned his PhD degree from the University of Utah, holds a dual appointment as senior research scientist at the Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention and professor of anthropology at the University of Connecticut. Additionally, he is affi liated with the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) at Yale University. He has authored, coauthored, or edited twenty books and over two hundred articles and book chapters on health and social issues. Active in the building of social science of health theory, the development of methods in qualitative health research, and the use of research in the development of community - based health promotion and intervention, he has been the recipient of the Rudolph Virchow Award from the Critical Anthropology of Health Caucus of the Society for Medical Anthropology, the George Foster Practicing Medical Anthropology Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology, the AIDS and Anthropology Prize Paper award from the AIDS and Anthropology Research Group, and the Prize for Distinguished Achievement in the Critical Study of North America from the Society for the Anthropology of North America. Since 1984 he has been the principal investigator on a continuous series of basic and applied federally funded health studies, and he has carried out health research in the United States, Brazil, China, and Haiti.

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Publication date

17th July 2009


Merrill Singer

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John Wiley & Sons Ltd an imprint of John Wiley and Sons Ltd


304 pages


Public health & preventive medicine



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