Aboriginal Health in Canada : Historical, Cultural, and Epidemiological Perspectives, Second Edition

From the book: "Numerous studies, inquiries, and statistical analyses undertaken over the years have demonstrated the poor health status of Aboriginal peoples relative to the Canadian population in general. This situation has led to charges of neglect, indifference, and even genocide against the federal government by Aboriginal groups and their supporters. While several books have addressed specific aspects of this issue, Aboriginal Health in Canada , originally published in 1995, set the standard for studies in Aboriginal health. Now available in a fully up-to-date second edition, this book provides a comprehensive historical review that is national in scope, and combines the methodologies and perspectives of a number of fields, including epidemiology, history, and anthropology. --------------- Aboriginal Health in Canada discusses the complex web of physiological, psychological, spiritual, historical, sociological, cultural, economic, and environmental factors that contribute to health and disease patterns among the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. The authors explore the evidence for changes in patterns of health and disease from prior to European contact to the present. They discuss medical systems and the place of medicine within various Aboriginal cultures and trace the relationship between politics and the organization of health services for Aboriginal peoples. They also examine popular explanations for Aboriginal health patterns today, and emphasize the need to understand both the historical-cultural context and the diverse circumstances that give rise to variations in health problems and healing strategies among Aboriginal populations. Finally, the book addresses the role of Aboriginal healing traditions in a contemporary context, and the place of health care in Aboriginal peoples’ struggle for self-determination." Pg i.

Waldram James B., D. Ann Herring and T. Kue Young
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Herring, Ann D., Waldram, James B., and Young, T. Kue. Aboriginal Health in Canada: Historical, Cultural, and Epidemiological Perspectives, Second Edition. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006