The Gale Encyclopedia of Public Health is an authoritative source on public health issues. Topics focus on health crises affecting the public at large, ranging from epidemic (local) and pandemic (widespread) diseases (H1N1, Malaria, food-borne illnesses, West Nile etc.); chronic conditions such as famine, malnutrition, cancer and diabetes; and social issues such as sexual abuse, obesity, bullying and new substance abuse issues, plus much more. Entries describe the origin and spread of the issue, public and government reaction and response, and treatments and preventive measures. Entries also include resources for further information, full-color illustrations and photographs, statistical tables, and Key Terms sidebars; the book also provides contact information for organizations and government programs, a glossary, cross references, and an index.
Features & Benefits
- Consistent with all of the "Gale Encyclopedia Of" health titles.
- Straight alphabetical arrangement of topics.
- Cross-references placed throughout the Encyclopedia direct readers to primary entries from alternate names, drug brand names, and related topics.
- Lists of Key Terms are provided where appropriate to define unfamiliar terms or concepts.
- A glossary of key terms is also included at the back of Volume 2.
- Questions to Ask Your Doctor sidebars provide sample questions that patients can ask their physicians.
- Biographies of key people recognized for their important work in the field of mental health are profiled in entry sidebars.
- Resources at the end of every entry direct readers to additional sources of information on a topic.
- Valuable contact information for organizations and support groups is included with each entry and compiled in the back of Volume 2.
- A comprehensive general index guides readers to all topics mentioned in the text.
- 229 color photographs, illustrations, charts, and tables.
- Standard structure and headings for each entry: Disorders and conditions
- Tests and procedures
- Treatments and therapies
- Other areas of discussion include Origins, Benefits, Research and general acceptance, and Training and certification, when applicable.
30 new entries: Animal abuse