The Edinburgh Companion to the Politics of American Health

Martin Halliwell (Editor), Sophie A. Jones (Editor)

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Examines the diverse, and often conflicted, political status of health in the United States from World War II to Covid-19.

Explores the histories, cultures, policies and technologies of American health and medicine as they have developed over a 75-year period
Brings together 45 experts from the US, Canada and the UK working across the fields of medicine, health policy, political and social history, political science, environmental studies, law, and cultural studies
Uses the lenses of class, poverty, race, gender, sexuality and locality to study the concepts, policies and lived realities of U.S. healthcare and medical treatment
Explores key controversies in American health, including global health and new technologies

By emphasising the plurality of health experiences, and balancing national and transnational perspectives with the lived realities of diverse communities, this groundbreaking collection expands far beyond biomedical conceptions of health. Together, the contributors take a multi-layered view of the politics of US healthcare by examining it from historical, cultural, medical, sociological, legal, ethical and environmental perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages656
ISBN (Electronic)9781474450980
ISBN (Print)9781474450966
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2022


  • American health
  • politics
  • American health policy
  • medicine
  • global health
  • politics of US healthcare


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