Racial and Ethnic Differences in Disease

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This book presents a comprehensive account of differences in the frequencies of various diseases among a wide range of racial and ethnic groups throughout the world today. It provides epidemiologists, physicians, sociologists, and anthropologists with a methodological framework for understanding the concepts of race and ethnic group, the use of these concepts in epidemiology, and the interpretation of epidemiologic studies of disease. The volume includes information on the physical anthropology of major racial/ethnic groups, as well as chapters on genetic diseases, infectious and parasitic diseases, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and many other chronic disorders. Each chapter provides descriptive information on the relative frequencies of diseases and the methods used in studies, as well as a systematic discussion of the interpretation of the racial and ethnic differences described, which may arise from such factors as errors in measurement or socioeconomic differences between groups. Genetic and biological factors are also considered, and many individual studies are summarized and critically appraised. The text is ideal for graduates and undergraduates alike, while the authors non-technical approach is easily accessible to general readers with an interest in the subject.

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Anthony P. Polednak is Associate Professor, Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University.

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"An impressive collection of a wide range of epidemiological information on variations between people of different skin colors, 'ethnic' groups and countries in the prevalence of diseases. As such, it could serve as a useful, invaluable source." --International Journal of Epidemiology

"Reviews the interactions among biomedical anthropology, epidemiology, and physical anthropology. It provides theoretical and practical definitions of race, ethnicity, and geographic populations in order to better understand the data from epidemiologic surveys. . . . The book provides
excellent material on the interface between disease and host/environment interactions. It summarizes vast amounts of information on infectious diseases, cancer, and coronary disease. It is complemented by an extensive list of references and a subject index. This volume would be a valuable
teaching aid and a complementary textbook for biomedical anthropology and epidemiology." --American Journal of Human Biology

"Extremely thorough and specific discussion. General concepts as well as specific disease differences by race."-- Professor R.B. Lipton, Loyola University of Chicago

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