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New Book Provides Overview of Public Health & Medical Issues from Global Perspective

Readings in Global Health”

Editor: Omar A. Khan, MD, MHS, FAAFP

Washington, D.C., Aug 21, 2008 – As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, growing recognition of the challenges and opportunities that exist in promoting and protecting health around the world has resulted in renewed interest in the field of global health.


In Readings in Global Health, a new book published by the American Public Health Association, global health is explored through an examination of the health problems, issues and concerns that transcend national boundaries.


“A major challenge for those of us involved in the field(s) of global health is to make connections between disparate disciplines. We need to reach across the borders which separate health and medical professionals as surely as geographic boundaries do,” says Omar A. Khan, MD, MHS, FAAFP, editor of Readings in Global Health, in the book’s foreword. “This selection is a start towards this goal.”


Covering topics that include HIV/AIDS, tobacco, family health, vaccines, health disparities and infectious disease, the compilation of articles aims to introduce the reader to some of the issues that are most relevant to global health today. Each section of the book presents some of the finest thinking on that particular topic, with added context from a luminary in that field.


Several of the leading global health professionals served as associate editors for the book. They include Sir Michael Marmot MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRCP, FFPHM, chairman of the World Health Organization’s Social Determinants of Health Commission; Garth Graham, MD, MPH, deputy assistant secretary for minority health in the Office of Minority Health at the Department of Health and Human Services.; John Seffrin, PhD, CEO of the American Cancer Society; Prof. Stanley Plotkin, MD, advisor to the CEO of Sanofi Aventis; and Allan Rosenfield, MD, dean emeritus of the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.


“[Readings in Global Health] brings epidemiologic, socio-cultural and policy outcome data into a comprehensive picture of how the world could be addressing health and disease. The comparisons of approaches to promoting and preventing disease in underdeveloped nations are engaging, informative, and often disturbing,” said Diane Magrane, MD, associate vice president of the American Association of Medical Colleges. “This collection should be required reading for students of medicine, public health, law, policy and politics.”


Ordering Information: Published by the American Public Health Association, 2008, ISBN: 978-0-87553-187-8, 400 pages, cost is $38.50 ($28.50 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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