Elsevier Announces the Health of Populations, Four Additional Public Health Books

The Health of Populations seeks reordering of healthcare priorities to achieve optimal health worldwide

Cambridge, MA, July 29, 2016

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the publication of The Health of Populations: Beyond Medicine by Jack James. This book provides a carefully constructed and thoroughly evidence-based critique of the limitations of conventional biomedical healthcare. Elsevier also introduced four new public health books published this year.

The Health of Populations uses current research and in-depth analysis to provide insights into the issues and challenges of population health -- a subject of increasing concern, due largely to rapid population growth, population aging, rising costs and diminishing resources, health inequality and the global rise in noncommunicable diseases. It is divided into three sections that focus on the science of health, the harm of medicine, and how to achieve optimal health. By highlighting the benefits of preventing incidence of disease, the book illustrates how biomedicine needs to be repositioned from the dominant approach in healthcare to an adjunct to behavioral, legislative, social and other preventive means for optimizing population health.

Read a blog post from Dr. James about how changing behavior saves lives.

Professor of Psychology at Reykjavik University in Iceland, Dr. James studied psychology, biology and social sciences, trained and practiced as a clinical psychologist, and completed a Ph.D. in experimental clinical psychology. He has been employed at several universities in Australia and Europe as a professor of psychology, responsible for teaching and research in basic and applied multidisciplinary aspects of health. Dr. James has been principal investigator of health-related research projects funded by the European Union and public bodies in Australia, Ireland and Iceland.

Learn more about the current challenges in optimizing health in this Q&A with Dr. James.

The five new public health books are:

In order to meet content needs in public health, Elsevier uses proprietary tools to identify the gaps in coverage of the topics. Editorial teams strategically fill those gaps with content written by key influencers in the field, giving students, faculty and researchers the content they need to answer challenging questions and improve outcomes. These new books, which will educate the next generation of public health advocates and provide critical foundational content for information professionals, are key examples of how Elsevier is enabling science to drive innovation.

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Note for Editors
E-book review copies of the new books are available to credentialed journalists upon request. Contact Robin Hayward at R.Hayward@elsevier.com.

About Elsevier
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