Health Studies

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Smoke Screen

Smoke Screen

Women’s Smoking and Social Control

Lorraine Greaves

Smoke Screen looks at the range of ways in which tobacco affects women: the evolution of cultural pressures on women’s smoking; the meanings of smoking to women; the benefits for socities of keeping women smoking; and the impact of health and tobacco policy on women’s smoking prevention and cessation. (more information)

Challenge and Change

Challenge and Change

A History Of The Dalhousie School Of Nursing, 1949-1989

Peter Twohig

Challenge and Change offers an innovative perspective on Dalhousie University School of Nursing’s first four decades of growth and transition. This book draws on rich archival sources and oral interviews to critically examine the school. Its analysis is highly relevant to contemporary debates within the history of nursing and the education of nurse practitioners. Most importantly, this book situates university nursing schools within their many and varied contexts of community, health care… (more information)

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Effect

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Effect

Developing a Community Response

Edited by Glen Schmidt, Jeanette Turpin

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Effects (FAS/E) are particularly serious problems in many northern communities. Canadian material on this subject is lacking and services are poorly developed. Part of the reason has to do with the relatively recent recognition of FAS/E. However there is also the problem of hinterland location and resulting marginalization of populations in Northern parts of the country. The intent of this book is to provide an informative, practical and critical resource that will be… (more information)

Care and Consequences

Care and Consequences

The Impact of Health Care Reform

Edited by Diana L. Gustafson

Over the past decade health care in Canada has shifted from a cure-care model to a business model. Disguised behind talk of community, care closer to home, consumer choice, patient rights, cost-containment and improved efficiencies, the business model has ushered in “bottom line” financial management which has brought us steadily deteriorating health care services. Framed within a clear analysis of this new health care model, the articles in this collection illustrate how diverse groups… (more information)

Environmental Illness in Nova Scotia, 1983-2003

Environmental Illness in Nova Scotia, 1983-2003

David T. Janigan

Nova Scotia was the first Canadian province to be faced with a large-scale demand for workers’ compensation in a single institution, Camp Hill Medical Centre, Halifax. More than half of the 1100 workers complained of environmental illnesses (or the WHO’s idiopathic environmental intolerances) blamed on the poor indoor air quality, which was exhaustively investigated. In response, the Province established three outpatient facilities, one permanent, and overlapping and following these… (more information)

Health Policy Reform–Driving the Wrong Way?

Health Policy Reform–Driving the Wrong Way?

A Critical Guide to the Global ‘Health Reform’ Industry

John Lister

John Lister has provided the definitive critique of market-oriented health care ‘reforms’ that the World Bank has been promoting at least since 1993. His book is a critical contribution to the struggle for equity-oriented, rights-based approaches to health systems in rich and poor countries alike.— Ronald Labonte, Canadian Research Chair and Ted Schrecker, Senior Policy Researcher, Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa John Lister’s book is a powerful, worldwide… (more information)

Big Death

Big Death

Funeral Planning in the Age of Corporate Deathcare

Doug Smith

Over the last twenty years the corporate death “care” industry, has taken over Canada’s funerals and funeral planning, in preparation for the Golden Age of Death in North America, which will commence in 2016, when the first baby boomer turns seventy. In Big Death, Winnipeg writer Doug Smith shows how “Big Death” has bought up countless funeral homes, jacked up prices and maintained the facade of local ownership by not changing the name over the door. The book also… (more information)

About Canada: Health Care

About Canada: Health Care

Hugh Armstrong, Pat Armstrong

Health care is Canada’s best-loved social program—and for good reason. For more than 30 years, Canadians have enjoyed high quality health care based on need and not on ability to pay. But it is a complex system: changes proposed and those already underway can be difficult to understand and evaluate. What do ‘public’ and ‘private’ mean as they apply to our current health care system and in proposed reforms? As the boomer generation ages, will the growing number… (more information)

Terminal Damage

Terminal Damage

The Politics of VLTs in Atlantic Canada

Peter McKenna

“This book is assuredly not an anti-gambling screed. What I’m against, and make no doubt about it, is the scourge of the video lottery terminal (VLT), and the fact that not all gambling is created equal. There is a reason why those in the know refer to those electronic devices as ‘killer machines’ and the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’.”—from the Introduction The Atlantic Lottery Corporation promotes its VLT product as a win-win for Atlantic Canada. &… (more information)

Protect, Befriend, Respect

Protect, Befriend, Respect

Nova Scotia’s Mental Health Movement, 1908–2008

Judith Fingard, John Rutherford

For one hundred years, the Canadian Mental Health Association and its antecedent organizations have constituted a major force in the campaign to improve the prospects of people living with mental illness. This book traces the evolution of the movement in Nova Scotia in three stages, from one that sought to protect mentally compromised people, to one that befriended those struggling with mental disabilities and spoke out against discrimination, and finally, to one that advocates for the rights of… (more information)

The Socialist Register 2010

The Socialist Register 2010

Morbid Symptoms: Health Under Capitalism

Edited by Colin Leys, Leo Panitch

Health care rights are fought over between commercial forces that seek to make health into a commodity (for those who can pay), and popular forces that seek to reduce gross inequalities and try to make (or keep) health as a public service. These essays analyze the global health industry: the corporations that sell pharmaceuticals and insurance and push to expand the consumption of goods and services, making health care everywhere a field of capital accumulation. ”Scholars of all stripes… (more information)

A Place to Call Home

A Place to Call Home

Long Term Care in Canada

Edited by Pat Armstrong, Madeline Boscoe, Barbara Clow, Karen Grant, Margaret Haworth-Brockman, Beth Jackson, Ann Pederson, Morgan Seeley, Jane Springer

Long-term residential care operates in the shadows; too often viewed as a necessary evil best left invisible. This book is takes a different approach. It is about daring to dream about developing alternative forms of long-term, residential care based on an understanding of what exists today and of what is possible in the future. Taking into account the fact that the overwhelming majority of residents and providers are women, the book makes gender a central concern in planning for care that treats… (more information)

Real Nurses and Others

Real Nurses and Others

Racism in Nursing

Tania Das Gupta

“Most nurses of colour experience everyday forms of racism, including being infantilized and marginalized. Most reported being “put down,” insulted or degraded because of race/ethnicity/colour. A significant proportion of nurses, non-white and white, report having witnessed an incident where a nurse was treated differently because of his/her race/ethnicity/colour.” These are only some of the conclusions that author Tania Das Gupta arrived at as a result of her… (more information)

Deadly Fever

Deadly Fever

Racism, Disease and a Media Panic

Charles T. Adeyanju

In February 2001, a woman from the Congo was admitted to a hospital in Hamilton, Ontario, with a serious illness of unknown origin. Very quickly, the rumour spread that she was carrying the deadly Ebola virus. Even though it was equally quickly determined that she did not carry the virus, the rumour spread like wildfire throughout the Canadian media. Through a content analysis of four major Canadian newspapers and interviews with journalists, medical practitioners and members of the Black community… (more information)

Maternity Rolls

Maternity Rolls

Pregnancy, Childbirth and Disability

Heather Kuttai

Heather Kuttai is a 40-year-old white, heterosexual woman. She is married and is the mother of two children. Living in a quiet, middle-class neighbourhood, her life is, in many ways, seemingly the quintessential picture of what many consider to be traditional. However, her life is not as conventional as it appears: she is a paraplegic and uses a wheelchair for mobility. Her disability dramatically changes the picture. Much of the writing about the experiences of women and mothers excludes the stories… (more information)

About Canada: Health & Illness

About Canada: Health & Illness

Dennis Raphael

Most Canadians believe that their experiences of health and illness are shaped by luck, treatment options and lifestyle choices. Government, public health units and various disease associations all reinforce this perception by continually extolling lifestyle choices and genetic research as the solution to our illnesses. About Canada: Health and Illness tells a different story. This book argues that it is the social determinants of health, imposed on us by the ‘market’, that dictate the… (more information)

Behind the Rhetoric

Behind the Rhetoric

Mental Health Recovery in Ontario

Jennifer Poole

Recovery has taken the mental health world by storm. In clinics, hospitals, community organizations and governments across North America and Europe, recovery rhetoric is everywhere. Its message of hope is catchy, its promise of wellness long overdue and its claims (somewhat) substantiated. But where did this new vision for mental health come from and what does it really mean for a system long unbalanced? Focusing on Ontario’s mental health communities, the book is the first to take a critical… (more information)

The Ancient Mariner Speaks

The Ancient Mariner Speaks

Examining Regimes of Truth in ADHD

Marion Stordy

The number of children labelled ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) has been on the increase since the term entered common medical parlance thirty years ago. Through a deeply personal narrative and an analysis of Michel Foucault’s theories on truth, power and knowledge, The Ancient Mariner Speaks argues that the ADHD label has contributed to the pathologizing of children’s, particularly boys’, behaviour and the further marginalization and exclusion, rather than inclusion… (more information)

Oppression

Oppression

A Social Determinant of Health

Edited by Elizabeth McGibbon

Oppression and health are intricately connected. A recent emphasis on the social determinants of health has focused attention on the “causes of the causes” of ill health, including systemic forces such as capitalism, globalization, imperialism, medicalization, neo-colonialism and neoliberalism. If we are to change the oppressive practices that cause ill health our analysis must consistently and explicitly integrate these systemic forces and thus reframe growing health inequities within… (more information)

Reproducing Women

Reproducing Women

Family and Health Work across Three Generations

Diana L. Gustafson, Marilyn Porter

How do women experience reproductive health? How is knowledge about health issues transmitted from one generation to the next? Utilizing sociological and feminist lenses, Reproducing Women argues that women experience reproductive health as a part of their entire life story, rather than as discrete medical “problems.” Drawing together stories and interviews with three generations of women across twenty-four families, this book examines women’s experience of their “reproductive… (more information)

To Live and Die in America

To Live and Die in America

Class, Power, Health and Health Care

Robert Chernomas, Ian Hudson

“A cogent and penetrating analysis of health outcomes in America, outlining the historical role played by unions in contributing to public health services. A must-read for all who embrace the goals for fairness shared by the 99 percent.” — Paul Moist, National President, Canadian Union of Public Employees To Live and Die in America details how the United States has among the worst indicators of health in the industrialized world and at the same time spends significantly more… (more information)

Accumulation and Constraint

Accumulation and Constraint

Biomedical Development and Advanced Industrial Health

Rodney Loeppky

Accumulation and Constraint examines the dynamic world of advanced industrial health, exploring it as a means to better understand the internal differences in biomedical development (pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices) and health care reform, delivery and restructuring. Rodney Loeppky suggests that it is because of intensified industrial competitive pressure that health production has grown so robustly across the countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation… (more information)

The Healing Journey

The Healing Journey

Intimate Partner Abuse and Its Implications in the Labour Market

Linda DeRiviere

The Healing Journey offers a startling analysis of intimate partner abuse and its negative effects on women’s earnings, education and vocational training as well as in the labour market itself. Victims of abuse often suffer from chronic physical and mental health issues, which impede their participation in the labour market. Based on findings from a seven-wave study coordinated by RESOLVE, a family violence research centre housed in universities across the prairie provinces,… (more information)

Decolonizing Trauma Work

Decolonizing Trauma Work

Indigenous Stories and Strategies

Renee Linklater

In Decolonizing Trauma Work, Renee Linklater explores healing and wellness in Indigenous communities on Turtle Island. Drawing on a decolonizing approach, Linklater engages ten Indigenous health care practitioners in a dialogue regarding Indigenous worldviews, notions of wellness and wholistic health, critiques of psychiatry and psychiatric diagnoses, and Indigenous approaches to helping people through trauma, depression and experiences of parallel and multiple realities. Linklater… (more information)