Population Mobility and Infectious Disease

Editors: Apostolopoulos, Yorghos, Sonmez, Sevil (Eds.)

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Population Mobility and Infectious Disease

Edited by

Yorghos Apostolopoulos, Emory University School of Medicine, USA

Sevil Sonmez, Cyprus College, Cyprus

Population Mobility and Infectious Disease moves beyond traditional behavioral and demographic theories of disease diffusion to focus on larger issues of social ecology and public health. With depth rarely seen in the international literature, it explores the complex and varied roles of mobile, transient, and displaced populations in the worldwide spread of airborne, waterborne, and sexually transmitted infections.

The book argues that while biomedical events cause disease, social forces such as poverty and marginalization magnify them by giving them new opportunities to take hold. Population mobility—either voluntary or forced—brings contact between populations with different disease prevalence rates; outbreaks in turn are compounded by inequalities in access to medical care. From Katrina to Darfur, and from influenza to AIDS, an expert panel of health and social scientists bring the socioeconomic context of epidemics into clear focus.

-Historical perspectives on migration, development, and epidemics

-Social resources and health barriers among migrant groups

-The role of mobile labor populations (e.g., migrant workers, truckers, the military) in disease transmission

-War, refugees, resettlement: health effects on the world scale

-Natural disasters and climate change: their local and global disease impact

-Leisure travel and health risks, from spring-break binges to commercial sex tourism

-Methodological and design issues confronting researchers

-The politics of prevention: ethical concerns in migration-related illness

The unique scope of this book makes it as timely as the next health crisis and relevant to a gamut of interrelated fields, including public and international health, epidemiology, psychology, sociology, anthropology, human rights, and development and planning. By expanding concepts, examining trends, and pinpointing areas for intervention, it is a critical resource for the academic, research, practice, and policy sectors.

About the authors

Yorghos Apostolopoulos, Ph.D., is Associate Clinical Professor of Social Epidemiology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA and Visiting Associate Professor of Medical Sociology, University of Athens School of Health Sciences, Athens, Attica, Greece.

Sevil Sonmez, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA and Associate Professor of Management, Cyprus College School of Business, Engomi, Nicosia, Cyprus.

Reviews

From the foreword:

"At a point of history where the only constant is the endless and growing movement of populations, in both frequency and numbers, Population Mobility and Infectious Disease brings to the fore a long-overdue comprehensive work of prime value for students, researchers, and practitioners."

Janet Hatcher Roberts, Dr., Director, Migration Health Department, Geneva, Switzerland


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Demographic and Epidemiological Perspectives of Human Movement

    Apostolopoulos, Yorghos, Ph.D. (et al.)

    Pages 1-16

  • Population Mobility and the Geography of Microbial Threats

    Wilson, Mary E., M.D., F.A.C.P.

    Pages 21-39

  • Health Barriers and Inequities for Migrants

    Ioannidi-Kapolou, Elizabeth, Ph.D.

    Pages 41-54

  • Social Networks, Social Capital, and HIV Risks Among Migrants

    Soskolne, Varda, Ph.D.

    Pages 55-72

  • Economic Migrants and Health Vulnerability

    Lurie, Mark N., Ph.D.

    Pages 75-91

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Hardcover $119.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Population Mobility and Infectious Disease
Editors
  • Yorghos Apostolopoulos
  • Sevil Sonmez
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-49711-2
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-49711-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-47667-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-4294-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 320
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