Chronic diseases―cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes―are not only the principal cause of world-wide mortality but also are now responsible for a striking increase in the percentage of sickness in developing countries still grappling with the acute problems of infectious diseases. This "double disease burden" poses demanding questions concerning the organisation of health care, allocation of scarce resources and strategies for disease prevention, control and treatment; and it threatens not only improvement in health status but economic development in the many poorer countries of the Asia Pacific region.
This book presents an historical account of the development of the double disease burden in Asia and the Pacific, a region which has experienced great economic, social, demographic and political change. With in-depth analysis of more than fifteen countries, this volume examines the impact of the double disease burden on health care regimes, resource allocation, strategies for prevention and control on the wealthiest nations in the region, as well as the smallest Pacific islands. In doing so, the contributors to this book elaborate on the notion of the double disease burden as discussed by epidemiologists, and present real policy responses, whilst demonstrating how vital health is to economic development.
Health Transitions and the Double Disease Burden in Asia and the Pacific will be of great value to both scholars and policy makers in the fields of public health, the history of medicine, as well as to those with a wider interest in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Milton J. Lewis was a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Public Health, 1989- 2006 and is now at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, University of Sydney, Australia.
Kerrie L. MacPherson is an Associate Professor of History, the Kadoorie Institute, University of Hong Kong.Review:
"Health Transitions and the Double Disease Burden in Asia and the Pacific is an extremely intelligent, well-versed book. This book would be practical to people seeking to understand the what, how, and why in modern health trends. What the authors have provided is a wonderful and detailed insight into the modern perils of health care in a region of the world so complex and diverse it warrants all debates and discussions... I would highly recommend this volume to anyone looking to increase their knowledge and understanding of Asia and Pacific health matters, as well as those analyzing modern health trends and their influences." - Kristin Childers-Buschle, University of Edinburgh; Somatosphere, February 2013.
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