Philosophy of Population Health: Philosophy for a New Public Health Era - History and Philosophy of Biology (Hardback)
  • Philosophy of Population Health: Philosophy for a New Public Health Era - History and Philosophy of Biology (Hardback)

Philosophy of Population Health: Philosophy for a New Public Health Era - History and Philosophy of Biology (Hardback)

Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 10/05/2018
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Population health has recently grown from a series of loosely connected critiques of twentieth-century public health and medicine into a theoretical framework with a corresponding field of research-population health science. Its approach is to promote the public's health through improving everyday human life: afford-able nutritious food, clean air, safe places where children can play, living wages, etc. It recognizes that addressing contemporary health challenges such as the prevalence of type 2 diabetes will take much more than good hospitals and public health departments.

Blending philosophy of science/medicine, public health ethics and history, this book offers a framework that explains, analyses and largely endorses the features that define this relatively new field. Presenting a philosophical perspective, Valles helps to clarify what these features are and why they matter, including: searching for health's "upstream" causes in social life, embracing a professional commitment to studying and ameliorating the staggering health inequities in and between populations; and reforming scientific practices to foster humility and respect among the many scientists and non- scientists who must work collaboratively to promote health.

Featuring illustrative case studies from around the globe at the end of all main chapters, this radical monograph is written to be accessible to all scholars and advanced students who have an interest in health-from public health students to professional philosophers.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781138059900
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm


"What is most notable about this book is the way that the author skillfully and with great nuance explicates and distils the arguments of the many debates about population health and the determinants of health. [...] Professor Valles has skillfully drawn together and woven into a coherent framework a diverse set of literature dating back to the 19th century and the origins of social medicine. He does justice to the literature and acknowledges the importance of integrating elements of modern preventive medicine with a sustained explication of the work of Geoffrey Rose. He also highlights the significance of modern frameworks such as the WHO Social Determinants of Health Commission."

Ross Upshur (University of Toronto) for the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal

Valles deftly and compellingly responds to critics who see the turn to upstream determinants as overly broadening the domain of health and the purview of the medical and public health communities. [...] His work will be enormously useful to anyone eager for a thoughtful analysis of population health and it lays down a foundation for continuing conversations about what this exciting new field can and should be.

Christine A. Bachrach (Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science) for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine

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