Description : This book proposes a philosophy of care in a global age. It discusses the distinguishing and opposing pathologies produced by globalization: unlimited individualism or self-obsession, manifested as (Promethean) omnipotence and (narcissistic) indifference, and endogamous communitarianism or an ‘us’-obsession that results in conflict and violence. The polarization between a lack and an excess of pathos is reflected in the distorted forms taken on by fear. The book advocates a metamorphosis of fear, which may restore in the subject an awareness of vulnerability and become the precondition for moral action. Such awareness and the recognition of the condition of contamination caused by the other’s unavoidable presence teach us to fear for rather than be afraid of. Fear for the world means care of the world, and care, understood as concern and solicitude, is a new notion of responsibility, in which the stress is shifted to a relational subject capable of responding to and taking care of the other. From a global perspective, the proposed vision of care also compels us to explore a new paradigm of justice.
Description : Epilepsy is one of the most common serious disorders of the brain, affecting about 50 million people worldwide. Epilepsy accounts for 1 per cent of the global burden of disease; 80 per cent of the burden of epilepsy is in the developing world, where in some areas 80-90 per cent of people with epilepsy receive no treatment at all. The Epilepsy Atlas provides an illustrative presentation of data and information on the current status of epilepsy services and care available from 160 countries, areas or territories covering 97.5 per cent of the world population. The information is primarily gathered from key persons in the area of epilepsy care in each country identified by International Bureau for Epilepsy and the International League against Epilepsy, and, in some cases, by WHO regional offices.
Description : Uses information about health care systems in six industrialized countries to show that the United States' system is an outlier as it covers fewer individuals at significantly higher costs.
Description : The authors first review the current literature on comparative analysis of health systems and offer a brief overview of the public health infrastructure in each city. Later chapters illustrate how timely and appropriate disease prevention, primary care, and specialty health care services can help cities control such problems as premature mortality and heart disease. --
Description : Essential information for anyone involved in palliative care programs for deprived patients! In this comprehensive resource, leading healthcare professionals describe pioneering work on the front lines of pain and palliative care service planning and implementation for underserved populations. Pain and Palliative Care in the Developing World and Marginalized Populations: A Global Challenge explores the challenges and barriers preventing satisfactory pain management for patients who urgently need it. This book provides you with true accounts of palliative care programs from around the world to help you meet the needs of disadvantaged clients. This essential volume includes a Foreword written by a world leader in palliative care—Jan Stjernsward, Former Chief of the Cancer and Palliative Care Program of the World Health Organization and currently International Director of the Oxford International Centre for Palliative Care in the United Kingdom. Pain and Palliative Care in the Developing World and Marginalized Populations: A Global Challenge addresses issues of vital importance for the global health care community, such as: Why do so many people in the developing world suffer excruciating pain for months and years, when simple inexpensive medication could make them comfortable? They get MRI scans; why don’t they have access to palliative care? Why do some palliative care programs fail to reach the needy? How could a palliative care delivery system be adapted to local needs? Why are medical and nursing students not taught the fundamentals of pain management? What direction should palliative care education take? Could health care resources be channeled to deliver care in a more just and equitable manner? This book chronicles the efforts of ambitious pain management care professionals to confront these questions, working toward an end to needless, preventable pain and suffering. It examines their programs, and acknowledges their successes and failures to date, with commentaries by international experts. This indispensable manual discusses palliative care programs in developing countries such as India, Chile, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and others. Pain and Palliative Care in the Developing World and Marginalized Populations also offers an important look at pain management programs geared toward several specific underserved populations in both developing and developed countries, including Native Americans and inmates in a New Zealand prison. Illustrated with figures, graphs, and tables, this book is essential for practitioners and officials in both palliative and public health care. All proceeds from sales of this book will be used to support the growth of palliative care programs in India.
Description : In this informed and erudite look at the current state of the American health care system, Lamm exposes the problems existing not only in policy and professional circles, but also in public attitudes and expectations.
Description : At present, human society is facing a health care crisis that is affecting patients worldwide. In the United States, it is generally believed that the major problem is lack of affordable access to health care (i.e. health insurance). This book takes an unprecedented approach to address this issue by proposing that the major problem is not lack of affordable access to health care per se, but lack of access to better, safer, and more affordable medicines. The latter problem is present not only in the United States and the developing world but also in countries with socialized health care systems, such as Europe and the rest of the industrialized world. This book provides a comparative analysis of the health care systems throughout the world and also examines the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Examines the health care structure of the United States, Europe, and the third world, both separately and comparatively Offers primary source insight through in-depth interviews with pharmaceutical and health care industry leaders from around the world Carefully explains, in clear terms, the intricacies of the health care and pharmaceutical system and how these intricacies have led to the current crisis Offers concrete, comprehensive solutions to the health care crisis
Description : This book reviews the elder care literature pertaining to the Arab world and proposes steps that can be taken to improve the health and quality of life of older people in this region. Organized in three main sections (Program Assessment, Program Planning, Conclusions and Recommendations), the book addresses such topics as developing a conceptual framework; Arab world elder demographics; quality of life issues; demand for services; training issues; training capacity and capabilities; and conclusions and recommendations for improving the health of older persons in the Arab world. While the countries of the Arab world have the advantage of a unified language and culture that can be used to expedite development of area-wide approaches to a system of elder care, the lack of economic and political unification (such as common market and open trade) along with institutionalized age discrimination (some Arab countries restrict hiring for government and private jobs to persons younger than 45) present barriers to improving the health of older people. In addition, modernization and ease of transportation have resulted in a heavy focus on Western-style fast food, with an accompanying increase in chronic diseases such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.