The Magill's Choice Health Issues is unique in that it brings together the individual and societal aspects of health and explores the impact it has on our daily lives. Epidemics, occupational and environmental diseases, AIDS, cancer, etc. are explored in conjunction with the financial and sociological impact of the diseases.
This set offers 251 articles adapted from Magill's Medical Guide, 1998, Women's Issues (1997), Encyclopedia of Family Life (1998), Children's Health (1999), Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues (1999), and Aging (2000). All essays have been updated with the latest information and bibliographical sources.
Examined here are preventive measures such as exercise, vitamin supplements, and prenatal care. The myriad ramifications of diseases such as AIDS, Alzheimer's disease, and cancer are discussed, as well as traditional and alternative treatments, including gene therapy, biofeedback, and acupuncture. Emerging or reemerging public health threats receiving coverage include sick building syndrome, tuberculosis, and Lyme disease.
Social trends that put health at risk are addressed, such as eating disorders, steroid abuse, smoking, and domestic violence. Some medical or industry practices that have aroused controversy are considered, such as circumcision, hysterectomy, cosmetic surgery, pesticide use, and the genetic engineering of foods. Issues pertaining to vulnerable groups, such as children, teenagers, and the elderly are highlighted.