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Ecological Public Health: Reshaping the Conditions for Good Health Hardcover – 23 Apr 2012

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (23 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844078310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844078318
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Ecological Public Health came Highly Commended in the Public Health category for the 2013 BMA Medical Book and Patient Information Awards.

"Rich in understanding the history of the public health movement, the authors argue that a new ecological sense of public health is emerging based on the recognition of the limits on nature, that nature no longer offers an endless cornucopia of its resources for human use or that the biological world can be ceaselessly altered to human advantage." – Food Ethics Council Newsletter, July 2012 

"...this book offers an exemplary account of ecological thinking and is extremely persuasive in arguing for the adoption of an ecological perspective when addressing the seemingly intractable health problems of modern society. It has the scope to invigorate public health, as both project and practice, by providing new and important ways of thinking about both the aetiology of health and respondent intervention activities. As a result, I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in public health, from students and academics to policy makers and practitioners." – Rhiannon Evans, Cardiff University, in Critical Public Health (2013, vol.23)

"Their analysis of the food system, its current negative impacts and the potential for change is exemplary, drawing on their own scholarship and work with policy makers… Overall, the authors’ work on historical and conceptual synthesis is illuminating." – Donald C. Cole, University of Toronto, Canada

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Both authors have long been active in the international public health movement as practitioners, advocates, researchers and thinkers. Geof Rayner PhD is an independent social scientist working in public health, and is currently a Research Fellow at the Centre for Food Policy, City University London and Professor Associate at Brunel University. Tim Lang PhD is a social scientist specialising in food, public health, the environment and social justice, and is Professor of Food Policy at City University London.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M Bruce on 23 Jan. 2013
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Until I read this book I really did not understand how locked in I was to a medical model of public health. The authors have lifted the scales from my eyes-revealing how important a multi-disciplinary approach to the topic is. I have found the chapters detailing the history of public health to be fascinating as they are so well written with lots of fascinating vignettes. The ecological model presented in later chapters has re-shaped my understanding of obesity completely. This is probably one of the most important and radical books I have read (or am likely to read) this decade. And I read a lot!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JKMSG3 on 9 Oct. 2012
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A fantastic book that details what Public Health should really be about rather than the often proceduralist discipline that it appears to be. The authors make the case that the Public Health Movement should be challenging and should take a very radical form of systems thinking.
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By Dim on 24 May 2013
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Really good book. Well written. It gives you an in depth understanding of the field of public health supported by good evidence.
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