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Minority Populations and Health: An Introduction to Health Disparities in the U.S. 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0787964131
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"The book is readable and organized to be quickly read with specifics readily retrievable." (JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association), September 14, 2005)

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"Dr. LaVeist has written a valuable textbook on one of the most important yet least understood public health issues of our day: racial and ethnic health disparities in the United States. Dr. LaVeist's book is a must-read for anyone concerned about public health and social justice in the United States."
—Harold W. Neighbors, Ph.D., professor, health behavior and health education, director, Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health, and associate director, Program for Research on Black Americans, University of Michigan School of Public Health

"This introductory text offers a well-written overview of the epidemiology and etiology of health disparities in American ethnic and racial minority populations."
—Martha N. Hill, Ph.D., R.N., dean and professor, The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing

"Minority Populations and Health provides a thorough overview of racial/ethnic disparities in health and health care in the United States and thoughtfully highlights some of the key issues and tensions surrounding this important American health crisis."
—Joseph R. Betancourt, M.D., M.P.H., senior scientist, Partners-Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Policy, director of multicultural education, Massachusetts General Hospital, and assistant professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (April 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0787964131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787964139
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By blargle on September 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I used this book for a race & minority health class. It is very well written and does a good job at synthesizing information about this subject. I will agree with a previous reviewer that there is plenty of theory and explanations in addition to charts and statistics. The only negative thing is that sometimes there are lots of theories to explain a phenomenon (for example, lower minority mortality rates among the elderly) with more research needing to be done to determine which explanation is correct.

There was a good balance between facts and explanations, and the book was very readable and understandable. It did a great job emphasizing the changing demographics of the United States and the need to focus on the issue of minority health.

I am a biomedical engineering major, so the work is not directly pertinent to my field, but I still enjoyed reading it and thinking about the ideas it contains, even a year after I finished my class.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie C. Coan on April 20, 2012
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I purchased this text for my health disparities class and was very happy to find it at Amazon as a Kindle item! The book is interesting and easy to read, love the electronic format. Great purchase, easy to download, good price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 27, 2011
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The minority book that i receive came right on time. I love the book, a couple of highlights, but it help me. I'm glad that i bought this book from this website. I will do more often. Thank you
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Bullman on September 7, 2007
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As a textbook, it is difficult to address the fast paced world of health care and health care disparities. The situation and statistics change too quickly. In the case of this book, the authors attempt to cast a wide net and report as many statistics as possible related to the subject matter. There is little else in the way of substance in this book. Unfortunately, that means that the book is out-of-date and of little use by the time it makes it to the bookstore/library shelves.
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By G on May 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is very informative and gives you an idea of trends and statistics within minority populations. However, a newer edition is needed. With an ever increasing minority population (as mentioned in the book), the statistics must have changed from now (2013) to when the book was written (2005). More importantly, most of the data comes from the late 1990's to early 2000's, meaning the data can be anywhere from 13-15 years old (and in some cases, even older).
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By RiaG on March 3, 2014
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Excellent condition. Interesting book! I highly recommend for any person that has a job that requires them to work with people. Especially all helping professions and social service professions.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David R. Massey on April 23, 2011
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I bought this text for an online class over minority health. Nearly all of the information for the class came from the book, so I read it cover to cover. I am a senior, so I have gone through many textbooks during my studies. This is the first textbook I am selling, for I do not think it is worth taking up space on my bookshelves.

The first chapter describes the need for writing this textbook. LaVeist mentions that before this book minority health disparities was taught by reading individual studies. After reading this book I wish it was still taught that way.

The majority of this book is definitions directly quoted from their source and half-page charts whose data is restated in the text. When the author defines a word, he often chooses to present multiple definitions to the same word to illustrate the idea that there is no consensus definition; the first time he does this makes the point; all other times is just filler to make the text more than a 50-page report. The data presented in the charts often conflicts with the data presented in the body of the text; beware if this is your main source of information for a class, for you will not know which is correct. There are also contradictions from paragraph to paragraph and chapter to chapter in the second half of the book, but if you read it carefully you can figure out which is most likely correct.

Several of the studies in the text cite LaVeist as the source. You can look at this one of two ways: any credible textbook author will not use their own research as primary sources in their book, or the author actually does research in the topic of minority health and therefore is better suited to write a textbook. I'll let you decide which you believe, but I personally believe the former.
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