University of Alberta Press

Health and Medicine


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    Joseph B. Martin traces his climb from a Mennonite farm in the village of Duchess, Alberta to Dean of Harvard Medical School in his memoir, Alfalfa to Ivy. Readers are rewarded with an intimate perspective on academic politics and health care in Canada and the U.S. that Martin is perfectly poised to critique. And it is the human story of Martin?s journey from humble origins to worldly esteem that makes Alfalfa to Ivy a compelling narrative for non-specialists as well as acade... [READ MORE]
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    Are We There Yet? is a funny, participatory play and workshop about sexuality health education for fourteen- to sixteen-year-olds. The play draws a parallel between mastering driving skills and negotiating relationships, and humorously opens a dialogue about sexuality. As teens watch and advise characters on stage, they feel as safe and free to talk about sexuality and relationship issues as they do about learning how to parallel park.
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    In this groundbreaking contribution to the field of culture and medicine, twenty-five professionals in medicine, nursing, and the social sciences have contributed fourteen papers on the influence of culture in health care. The topics range from the perception of skills of international medical graduates, to conflicting expectations of patient care of various cultural groups, to cultural issues at the end of life. Health care educators, practitioners, sociologists, policy make... [READ MORE]
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    Michael Mucz's prolonged primary research into Ukrainian-Canadian folk history culminates in Baba's Kitchen Medicines. This book bursts with the cultural memory of pioneering folk from Canada's prairieland. From fever to frostbite, this incomparable compendium of tinctures, poultices, salves, decoctions, infusions, plasters, and tonics will fascinate and often mortify readers from all walks of life. The comprehensiveness of Mucz's research and interviews framed with deftly pa... [READ MORE]
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    Inuit and Indian infants living in the N.W.T. were observed to have a high frequency of morbidity and mortality. Information collected on the socioeconomic and cultural environments of infants, medical contacts for preventative health, diagnosis, and treatment, illnesses, and reasons for death.
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    A pioneer in kidney transplantation in Canada in the late 1950s, Dr. John Dossetor was faced with making many ethical decisions in his ground-breaking research and practice in nephrology so it was with much personal experience that he embraced the study of medical ethics in his later years. His medical career spans decades of change as modern technology made possible more complex treatment situations. His observations on his own distinguished career in medicine from his persp... [READ MORE]
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    Canadians enjoy their beautiful surroundings, but they do have concerns about environmental hazards that may affect their health. This book offers help in understanding the issues and risks. Open the The Canadian Guide to Health and the Environment and you'll quickly find clear, balanced information to help answer your questions about the following topics and more: global warming, drinking water, irradiated food, deforestation, asthma, sick-building syndrome, noise, suntannin... [READ MORE]
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    The Government of Alberta under Ralph Klein has asked a reasonable question: can health care be better provided partly as a private, for-profit product rather than as a not-for-profit public service? But-despite the claims of advocates for market-driven medicine-private hospitals are neither cheaper nor more efficient than public ones. Clear Answers summarizes the huge body of evidence showing that they are more expensive and less efficient.
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    What if Demeter, the timeless fertility goddess of ancient Greek myth, slipped through a crack into the twenty-first century, shook off her ankle bracelets, corn tassels, and garlands, and began a tour of our improbable culture? Award-winning poet Susan McCaslin exercises the profound mother-daughter trauma forged in the Demeter-Persephone myth with unapologetic modernity. This sequence takes on a novel life all its own: Hades steals away the maiden into a cult/culture of dis... [READ MORE]
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    Despite our best efforts, traffic injuries and fatalities continue to increase. Traditional solutions do not seem to fix the problem; perhaps we need to approach these problems in a new way. This collection attempts to expand thinking about traffic safety across a range of disciplines and seeks to open up the discussion.
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    Food is an essential, irreplaceable ingredient in human well-being and survival. Food in Perspective presents the basic facts and issues about food in a simple, concise and readable form.
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    In 1913, Dr. Henry Marshall Tory established the University of Alberta medical school with a single faculty member and only 27 students. This is the story of the faculty's progress from these modest beginnings to the world-class facilities and education it offers today.
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    Healing Histories is the first detailed collection of Aboriginal perspectives on the history of tuberculosis in Canada's indigenous communities and on the federal government's Indian Health Services. Featuring oral accounts from patients, families, and workers who experienced Canada's Indian Hospital system, it presents a fresh perspective on health care history that includes the diverse voices and insights of the many people affected by tuberculosis and its treatment in the ... [READ MORE]
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    This volume documents healing traditions in Eastern Siberia in an area extending from Lake Baikal to the Arctic Ocean. The region shows an interesting unity in healing traditions across a wide range of landscape types and culture areas: from the taiga-steppe borderlands influenced by Tibetan and Russian practices in the south, to the north where regional shamanic traditions prevail. There are broad similarities in using unrefined natural materials for healing, as well as in a... [READ MORE]
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    Professionals consider whether orthodox and alternative health care practices (holistic) should be left as they are, coordinated, or integrated into one system under the health insurance umbrella. Papers by: James S. McCormick; Robert Dale Rogers; William A. Ayer an Lois M. Browne; Alice Hanson; John O'Neil; David Gregory; Theodore A. Mala; Hester Elliott; Joel Wilbush; Linda G. Garro; David E. Young, Lise Swartz, Grant Ingram, and Janice M. Morse; Janice M. Morse, Ruth McCon... [READ MORE]
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    Sweeping changes are being proposed as Canadians examine our health care system. But what are the legal implications of health care reform? In this timely collection, lawyers and legal scholars discuss a variety of topics in health care reform, including regulation of private care, interpretation of the Canada Health Act, and the constitutional implications of proposed reforms. Barbara von Tigerstrom is currently studying at the University of Cambridge in England. Timothy Cau... [READ MORE]
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    Promotes healthy eating habits and information on the benefits of traditional and selected market foods. Topics include past and present food patterns, healthy foods and nutrients, special diet principles for heart disease, diabetes, lactose intolerance, and special needs for pregnancy and infant feeding, and elders.
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    A 'Community Involvement in Health (CIH)' framework is used to identify, assess and interpret the literature. Holistic health plays a major role in several models; traditional healing is the basis for at least one. Reveals how Native people are making the transition to community-centered health care.
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    Dr. Margaret Phillips was a pioneering missionary who served in China at a time when women were usually dutiful wives, and certainly not unmarried "suffragist" medical doctors. Educated at Manchester University, she spent 43 years in China with a special mission to improve the health and circumstances of women, fight tuberculosis, and heal sick children. Overlapping the era in which the Imperial system collapsed, China was invaded and occupied by Japan, and the Comm... [READ MORE]
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    Survivors of spousal abuse inevitably fail to find answers in the realm of reason as they try to make sense of their pain and suffering. Focussing on the healing power of spirituality, Lifelines offers a celebration of healing, a message of hope, and a way of helping. Lifelines addresses family violence and spirituality in a community and cultural context. It is a collection of knowledge, experiences, and impressions of people who have discovered that the process of healing d... [READ MORE]