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Author Farley, Tom (Tom Alexander)

Title Prescription for a healthy nation : a new approach to improving our lives by fixing our everyday world / Tom Farley and Deborah Cohen
Published Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, [2005]


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Description xiii, 282 pages ; 24 cm
regular print
Contents Pt. I. The leading causes of health -- Ch. 1. The wrong remedy -- Ch. 2. Greek gods and American myths -- Ch. 3. Humans behaving badly -- Ch. 4. Bell curves and bad apples -- Pt. II. Curve shifters -- Ch. 5. More is more : accessibility -- Ch. 6. Sidewalks and falling children : physical structures -- Ch. 7. Playing by the rules : social structures -- Ch. 8. It's the real thing : media -- Pt. III. Healthscaping America -- Ch. 9. The killer leaf -- Ch. 10. Habits of the heart -- Ch. 11. To our health? -- Ch. 12. When sex is lethal -- Ch. 13. Injuries, not accidents -- Ch. 14. Unequal afflictions -- Ch. 15. Health, policies, and politics
Summary "America spends more than twice as much for health care as any other nation. So why are Americans among the sickest people in the industrialized world?" "Public health experts Tom Farley and Deborah Cohen show that the answer does not lie in our medical care system but rather in the world around us. As they explain, the leading killers of our time fall almost entirely into two categories: injuries and chronic diseases such as heart disease, lung and breast cancer, diabetes, and stroke. For all its inspiring, high-tech cures, modern medicine is just not very effective at combating these illnesses. Our health, as Farley and Cohen explain, depends much less on medicine than on how we lead our lives. And as their surprising and illuminating examples show, our behavior and our health are in fact shaped by our everyday world - from the design of our cities to the rules that govern our organizations."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Public health -- United States.
Medical care -- United States.
Medicine, Preventive -- United States.
Author Cohen, Deborah (Deborah Ann)
LC no. 2004024188
ISBN 0807021164 cloth alkaline paper