Current Issues in Health, 2nd Edition is written for a broad university audience and hopefully will also interest readers from a wide general public who are interested in health. This book introduces readers to the methods by which scientific knowledge devcelops, and summarizes our current understanding on a variety of health topics. Health is examined at both the personal and population levels. The current Canadian situation is contrasted with circumstances in other parts of the world or at other times in history.
The text sometimes deals with controversial topics, and tries to understand and respect different pointsw of view without imposing a particular set of values. There is, however, a common theme of freedom of choice and empowerment of the individual.
Overall, the purpose of this book is to:
- Immerse readers in a way of looking at health that we will call the holistic view. This construct onsiders the inter-relatedness of genetics, physical environment, lifestyule, family status, and other factors as they influence the health of individuals, communities, and nations.
- Demonstrate some principles and methods readers can use to evaluate health information.
- Challenge readers to take greater responsibility for their health (and for the health of their families, communities, and the world) and to make thoughtful, intelligent health decisions.