What is it about?

A critical review of: Public Health: Social Context and Action - by Angela Scriven & Sebastian Garman (eds). 2007. Open UniversityPress,Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK.ISBN 9780335221509. 234 pp. £19Æ95.

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Why is it important?

This book brings together a collection of chapters written by well-known and not-so-well-known authors in the world of public health. The emphasis of the book, as it should be for a public health book of this nature, is the political and policy dimensions of health promotion.


The main weakness of this book is its UK-centric focus. However, there is sufficient international dimension to appeal to most international readers. Overall, this book will, no doubt, become another well-received addition to the stable of these authors. The book is recommended to those who have a general interest in and the drive to learn and practise health promotion within the framework of a broad public health agenda.

Dr Dean Whitehead
Flinders University

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This page is a summary of: Book Review, Journal of Clinical Nursing, January 2009, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02542.x.
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