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Health Promotion: Disciplines, Diversity and Developments, 2nd Edition

Berry, Michael J. Ph.D., FACSM, Book Review Editor

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: January 2004 - Volume 36 - Issue 1 - p 178

Editors: Bunton, Robin; Macdonald, Gordon, Bibliographic Data: (ISBN: 0-415-23570-7, Taylor & Francis Inc., 2002, $27.95. Imprint: Brunner-Routledge) 325 pages, soft cover. Subjects: Public Health, Health Policy, Epidemiology, Community Health., Reviewed by:Raymond C. Tervo, MD, (Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare)

DESCRIPTION: This second edition introduces and updates the reader to the theory and practice of health promotion in public health and healthcare delivery and amasses frequently used reference information. The first edition was published in 1992. PURPOSE: The purpose of the book is to lay out relevant theories from essential disciplines and relate these to health promotion concepts, planning and practice. The book ably meets these worthy objectives. AUDIENCE: It is intended for students, academics, practitioners, and researchers and it is written at an appropriate level. The contributors are authorities and the book builds on their experience in health promotion and in teaching students in their respective disciplines. FEATURES: Following the introduction, the first two parts provide an overview of the disciplinary roots and perspectives of health promotion. Major disciplines include psychology, education, sociology, and epidemiology. The discussions are current and part three, a new section, covers theory and the philosophy of science, genetics and ethics in health promotion. The book is clearly written and accessible. The text, tables, and figures present an approach for organizing and health promotion. Extensive and comprehensive reference lists are current and relevant. The tables, figures, indexes, and glossary are pertinent. ASSESSMENT: This attractively presented book is extremely useful for professionals and graduate students applying the techniques of health promotion to public health policies, programs and practices. It successfully integrates content and experience. Before reading this book, professionals grounded in the biomedical model ought to be braced for other viewpoints. The authors have assembled a new edition that is necessary and essential reading for all who are interested in understanding and doing health promotion. This is an outstanding book. SCORE: Weighted Numerical Score: 86

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