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Newly Updated Manual Explores Future Quality of Foot Health Care

Public Health and Podiatric Medicine: Principles and Practice 2nd Edition

Editor: Arthur E. Helfand, DPM

Washington, D.C., December 13, 2006 – The comprehensive authority on podiatric medicine, Public Health and Podiatric Medicine, now features the expertise of new contributors who explore the link between foot health and public medicine.

Like its previous edition, Public Health and Podiatric Medicine serves as a text for practitioners, students and individuals in both the podiatry and public health professions. Published by APHA Press, the publishing unit of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the manual sets the standard for foot health as a public health issue and addresses future podiatric issues as society ages and patients run the risk of losing their mobility from complications related to chronic diseases.

The manual has also added new information or expanded upon existing text in the areas of HIV/AIDS; the history of health care for the human foot; international activities in public health and podiatric medicine; emergency and disaster preparedness; and the need for policies relating to the development of health care, in addition to the history of public health and podiatric medicine. Podiatric public health is broadly defined as a special area of podiatric medicine that focuses on the science and art of preventing and controlling disorders, diseases and malfunctions of the human foot and the promotion of podiatric public health through organized community activities.

Public Health and Podiatric Medicine, authored by podiatrists, blends maturity, experience and vitality to reflect the best of podiatric public health. The book’s editor, Arthur E. Helfand, D.P.M., professor emeritus at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, says the newly revised edition brings together all of the book’s original contributors and adds a new group of professionals who form the base for the future of podiatric public health. Helfand also serves as adjunct professor of medicine at the Temple School of Medicine and a member of the honorary staffs at Temple University Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Temple University Children’s Medical Center.

“We need to be concerned about the future quality of podiatric medical care, the delivery of care and the availability of podiatric care for generations to come,” Helfand writes.

“Contributions to this text by the distinguished authors will enlighten readers to the experiences in taking care of one of the most debilitating but often neglected health problems,” writes Norman Klombers, D.P.M., retired executive director of the American Podiatric Medical Association, in the book’s foreword.

“While physicians (generalists and specialists), nurses and other health care professionals are audiences to profit best from the presentation of this material, the value of patient education should not be lost in this equation,” Klombers writes. “Suggesting only that loss of limb is a consequence of diabetes, peripheral vascular disease or neglect of apparently minor foot lesions is inadequate.”

Ordering Information: Published by the American Public Health Association, 2006, ISBN: 978-0-875530-71-0, 589 pages, cost is $55.95 ($39.16 for APHA members), plus shipping and handling. To order, call toll free (888) 320-APHA; fax (888) 361-APHA; e-mail or visit APHA’s Web site:

Please send your request for a review copy on letterhead to APHA Publications Marketing, 800 I Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001-3710, or fax to (202) 777-2531.

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