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by Thomas McKeown

Category: Medicine and Health Sciences
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Author: Thomas McKeown
ISBN: 0631155058
ISBN13: 978-0631155058
Language: English
Publisher: Blackwell Pub (June 1, 1988)
Pages: 233
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The Origins of Human Disease. Original book cover, Basil Blackwell/Oxford, 1988.

The Origins of Human Disease. McKeown developed his theories over a period of more than three decades between 1955 and shortly before he died in 1988. In his last book, The Origins of Human Disease, published shortly after he died in 1988, he had found a milder tone to express his critical relativism of medicine and health. Here he had found the right balance between responding to legitimate criticism of the limitations of his thesis, without showing much mercy for unjust critics. McKeown challenged four theories about the increase of the western population since the 18th century

In his last and best book, The Origins of Human Disease, published shortly after he died in 1988, McKeown extended his theory with a vivid description of changing disease patterns since the period that people lived as hunters and gatherers, through the period of agriculture, followed b. .

by potentially preventable life-style related 'diseases of affluence' (smoking, obesity, diabetes) that, how cynical can it be, mainly affect the poor.

committed to retain 20160630. The original books is too bright.

Thomas McKeown (1912-1988) championed a provocative proposition, known as the McKeowon Thesis, which posited that . Wonderful analysis of human disease on affects on humanity. So much I did not learn until I read the book.

Thomas McKeown (1912-1988) championed a provocative proposition, known as the McKeowon Thesis, which posited that social and economic development played a far more important role in the improved health and welfare of human societies in the last few hundred years than targeted medical interventions. For example, the decline in major infectious diseases in the 19th century preceded the antibiotic era, progress that was propelled by improved nutrition, sanitation and distributive social policies.

This book is a history of the diseases of humankind and their causes from earliest times to the present day. It is a tour de force drawing upon the author's extensive work on the history of infection, as well upon evidence drawn from archaeology, history and demography. ISBN13: 9780631179382. Release Date: August 1991.

THOMAS McKEOWN, The origins ofhuman disease, Oxford and New York, Basil Blackwell, 1988, 8vo, pp. vi, 233, £. vi, 233, £2. 0. Professor McKeown's Origins of human disease is another of these books on the biological history of humanity, but with a number of original twists in the now familiar tale of how we descended from the trees, built the Concorde, and now are living with the irony that we are better adapted physically and emotionally for tree-swinging that for supersonic travel. McKeown, though one of the finer historians, was in a way ahistorical, even "presentistic"; and, though deeply scientific in habits of thought, was in a way ascientific, too.

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Thomas McKeown, The Origins of Human Disease (New York: Basil Blackwell, 1988). Michael B. Oldstone, Viruses, Plagues, & History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998). Noble David Cook, Born to Die (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998)

Thomas McKeown, The Origins of Human Disease (New York: Basil Blackwell, 1988). Noble David Cook, Born to Die (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998). Jonathan B. Tucker, Scourge (New York: Atlantic Monthly, 2001). Andrew Spielman and Michael D’Antonio, Mosquito (New York: Hyperion, 2001). Arno Karlen, Man and Microbes (New York: Putnam, 1995). Richard Kluger, Ashes to Ashes (New York: Vintage, 1997).

A history of the diseases of humankind and their causes from earliest times to present day. The author asserts that in hunter-gatherer, agricultural, and industrial society, human disease results from a lack of basic resources or from exposure to hazards. New threats to health from increasing industrialization are addressed: non-communicable diseases caused by genetic maladaptation to new chemical substances and to changes in diet and lifestyle. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
Comments to eBook The Origins of Human Disease
Whitebinder
Since the mid 1950s, the British public health scientist prof. Thomas McKeown of the University of Birmingham published several articles and books wherein he attempted to explain the main causes of the growth of world population since the industrialization using historical demographic data. His theory became known as the 'McKeown thesis', which gave rise to fierce debates, since he found that the improvement of nutrition, later followed by better hygiene, contributed far more to public health and the decline of mortality from infectious diseases, than did (and still does?) personal medical care (antibiotics and vaccins). In his last and best book, The Origins of Human Disease, published shortly after he died in 1988, McKeown extended his theory with a vivid description of changing disease patterns since the period that people lived as hunters and gatherers, through the period of agriculture, followed by industrialisation which brought both prosperity and extreme misery, to the present time where mortality is dominated by potentially preventable life-style related 'diseases of affluence' (smoking, obesity, diabetes) that, how cynical can it be, mainly affect the poor.

The book is a must read for epidemiologists, demographers, health policy makers, and those interested in the philosophy and history of medicine. Sixty years after McKeown started gathering evidence for what became known as McKeown's thesis, his theory remains thought provoking: How much does medicine contribute to better health and a longer life?

McKeown has often been mistaken for a nihilist of public health and medicine. His opponents were successful in silencing his arguments without truly needing to give convincing counter arguments that individual medical care is more effective to defeat disease than to fight the underlying social and economic inequalities that predispose to disease. This is an urgent question for modern society, wherein 11% to 16% of each earned dollar is spend to individual medical care, and billion dollar moon shots are launched to find subcellular causes of cancer and to develop new targeted drugs, without much attention to the far more important and easier amenable social causes of disease and its prevention. Let's no longer take McKeown's thesis as a criticism, but as a positive lesson: he had shown that measures that improve well being of all has reduced 95% of mortality from infectious diseases, and more recent researchers have shown similar numbers for cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Why is that simple truth so hard to swallow?

The book is only somewhat outdated in the last few chapters (therefore 4 stars and not the full 5), wherein McKeown discusses possible implications of his theory for public health to, in 1988, 'modern' society. Unfortunately McKeown died shortly before the book was published, and particularly this 'modern' preventive and therapeutic measures are outdated by present (=2016) knowledge. A reprint of the book merits an update of the last part.
Prince Persie
Perfect.
Gribandis
I found this entire series to be Repetitive, Vague, Disorganized, and boring. I was unable to really “get” whatever they were talking about, and I am considered sophisticated medically. If they had just presented their data, BAM, WHAM, and in good order, there woud have been no poroblem. My “take” was that they were intentonally stretching this out because—although the information was new and cgent—they really had relatively very little to say.

Watch it if you’re wide awake and in the mood. I kept dozing off. Oh...the episode on depression was just depressing, and seemed unimportant to me, not relevant, so I only watched part of it.

By a third of the way through episode 3, I was done. I closed the series and deleted it.
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