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Disease Change and the Role of Medicine: The Navajo Experience

Stephen Kunitz


This book raises issues for public policy in the medical field. It is based on data accumulated during long-term research on Navajo Indian epidemiology. Through examination of this medical microcosm, it can be seen that the role of Western medicine presently needs review, clarification, and perhaps redefinition in today's complex social milieu. This book sees a future challenge to medicine in dealing with the degenerative and man-made diseases, as contrasted with its past successes in controlling infectious diseases. The wealth of information and its in-depth analysis make this book a valuable ... More

Keywords: public policy, Navajo Indian, epidemiology, medicine, degenerative diseases, man-made diseases, Western medicine, cross-cultural healthcare, long-term research, infectious diseases

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1983 Print ISBN-13: 9780520049260
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520049260.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Kunitz, author