Current Topics in Mental Health

Toward a New Definition of Health

Psychosocial Dimensions

Editors: Ahmed, P. I. (Ed.)

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It is generally recognized today that the United States has a need to contri­ bute to the improvement of health throughout the world. The need stems from the interrelationships that exist between the health of Americans and the health status of the rest of the people on "Spaceship Earth." Disease does not respect national boundaries, and the frequency of travel and trade between countries increases each year. It further relates to the opportunities found in international settings to help solve health problems more effec­ tively and efficiently. This includes the unique human resources that are found throughout the world as well as certain natural ecological conditions that cannot be duplicated in the United States. The United States also has a responsibility to contribute to improved health status. Our tradition of humanitarianism alone supports such a re­ sponsibility, but our comparative wealth of technical and financial re­ sources dictates a requirement to participate. Modern political realities de­ fine relationships between developed and developing countries that will not allow us to isolate ourselves from the compelling health needs of a majority of the world's population.

Table of contents (22 chapters)

  • Toward a New Definition of Health: An Overview

    Ahmed, Paul I. (et al.)

    Pages 7-22

  • Disease and Illness from a Biocultural Standpoint

    Fabrega, Horacio

    Pages 23-51

  • Sickness as Cultural Semantics: Issues for an Anthropological Medicine and Psychiatry

    Kleinman, Arthur

    Pages 53-65

  • The Dimensions of Medical Rationality: A Problematic for the Psychosocial Study of Medicine

    Young, Allan

    Pages 67-85

  • Psychosocial Factors and Health: New Program Directions

    Pages 87-111

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Toward a New Definition of Health
Book Subtitle
Psychosocial Dimensions
Editors
  • P. I. Ahmed
Series Title
Current Topics in Mental Health
Copyright
1979
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Plenum Press, New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4613-2991-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4613-2991-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-2993-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIV, 470
Topics