Health & Illness

  • Health Policy Reform – Driving the Wrong Way?

    A Critical Guide to the Global ‘Health Reform’ Industry

    By John Lister     January 2005

    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

  • Environmental Illness in Nova Scotia, 1983-2003

    By David T. Janigan     January 2004

    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 events, other provincial health institutions and numerous schools recorded outbreaks of environmental illness. This account attempts to document these intertwined events. It reviews how policy decisions by different provincial departments, hospital administrations and school boards responded to controversial illnesses. As environmental illness continues to appear in different forms and places, Janigan’s account will be useful to current policy makers.

  • Care and Consequences

    The Impact of Health Care Reform

    Edited by Diana L. Gustafson     January 2000

    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 in various social and institutional contexts are navigating through a changing health care system-a system upon which women in particular rely for their wellbeing as caregivers and care recipients; a system that operates more and more on the logic of scientific management.

  • A Voice Unheard

    The Latimer Case and People with Disabilities

    By Ruth Enns     December 1998

    A Voice Unheard shows the positive options for Canadians with disabilities. It features parents, able-bodied and disabled, who see potential where others see only dark despair. It shows how the majority of people with disabilities know that death was not Tracy Latimer’s only option. Their voices are valid in the debate about Robert Latimer and disability and must be heard.

  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome/Effect

    Developing a Community Response

    Edited by Glen Schmidt and Jeanette Turpin     December 1998

    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 useful to people such as social workers, educators, foster parents, case aides and nurses who provide direct service to those affected by FAS/E. The book challenges program planners and policy makers to recognize the seriousness of the problem and its long term effects. Contributors largely represent actual human service workers as opposed to academics.

  • The David Levine Affair

    Separatist Betrayal or McCarthyism North?

    By Randal Marlin     January 1998

    When the novice Board of Trustees of the newly-amalgamated Ottawa Hospital appointed David Levine as the new CEO at a salary of $330,000, it expected some controversy, but nothing like the huge outcry that followed. From the initial healine in the Ottawa Citizen on May 1, 1998, “PQ Envoy to Head Hospital,” to the lynch-mob mentality at a public meeting on May 19th, to picketing and calls for boycotts of the Board members’ businesses, Levine became a scapegoat for many problems, resentments, and frustrations felt by the Ottawa-area population. Sections of the media did little to allay these fears and resentments, and at times strongly incited them. Randall Marlin’s fascinating analysis of the David Levine affair shows not just what happened, but also the far worse things that might have happened. It signals the fragility of Canada as long as basic ideas of fairness, tolerance, and respect for truth are given second place to flag-waving nationalism, sensationalism, and rumour.

  • Challenge and Change

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

    By Peter Twohig     December 1997

    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 and university. Co-published with Dalhousie

  • Smoke Screen

    Women’s Smoking and Social Control

    By Lorraine Greaves     January 1996

    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.

  • Issumatuq

    Learning from the Traditional Healing Wisdom of the Canadian Inuit

    By Kit Minor     January 1992

    Through the development of a culture-specific design the author shows us how Inuit people, in a working relationship with members of the dominant culture, can continue to define and decide on appropriate helping skills.