The Health of the People

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Book 74
Bridget Williams Books
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‘My hope and expectation that the Havelock North Drinking Water Inquiry would waken us from our national slumber has not been realised.’

In August 2016, 40 per cent of the residents of Havelock North were struck down by a serious bacterial infection. Eminent medical researcher David Skegg argues that the outbreak highlights weaknesses in our country’s health infrastructure – weaknesses already evident in problems ranging from child nutrition to cancer. New Zealand, Skegg explains, must invest more in public health and find the political will needed to oppose the forces that damage health. Personal health care is important, but we neglect public health at our peril.

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About the author

 Sir David Skegg is an epidemiologist and public health physician. After training in medicine in New Zealand, he was a Rhodes scholar and then a lecturer in epidemiology at the University of Oxford. At the age of 32 he returned to the Chair of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago. From 2004 to 2011, he was the Vice-Chancellor of the University. 

Professor Skegg’s research has been mainly on cancer causes and control, contraceptive and drug safety, and reproductive health. He has chaired many government bodies, including the Health Research Council, the Public Health Commission, and the Science Board. He was also the President of the Royal Society Te Apārangi, which is the national academy for science, technology and the humanities. For more than three decades, he has been an adviser to the World Health Organization in Geneva.

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Publisher
Bridget Williams Books
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Published on
May 1, 2019
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Pages
185
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ISBN
9781988545554
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Language
English
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Genres
Medical / Public Health
Political Science / Public Policy / General
Political Science / World / Australian & Oceanian
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Key Concepts in Public Health identifies fifty key concepts used across the discipline of public health in order to give the reader a broad perspective of the core topics relevant to training and practice. From epidemiology to health promotion, and ethics to leadership, the book offers an exciting guide to the multiprofessional field.

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- case studies to illustrate the application to practice

- examples of further reading.

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Drawing on a broad range of theoretical resources, Niko Besnier approaches gossip from several angles. A detailed analysis of how Nukulaelae s people structure their gossip interactions demonstrates that this structure reflects and contributes to the atoll s political ideology, which wavers between a staunch egalitarianism and a need for hierarchy. His discussion then turns to narratives of specific events in which gossip played an important role in either enacting egalitarianism or reinforcing inequality. Embedding gossip in a broad range of communicative practices enables Besnier to develop a nuanced analysis of how gossip operates, demonstrating how it allows some to gain power while others suffer because of it. Throughout, he is particularly attentive to the ways in which anthropologists themselves are the subject and object of gossip, making his work a notable contribution to reflexive social science.

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