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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 167
 

Textbook of chronic noncommunicable diseases: The health challenge of the twenty-first century


Ex. Special Director General Health Services (PH), Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi - 110011, India

Date of Web Publication26-Feb-2016

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Dr. Shiv Lal
Ex. Special Director General Health Services (PH), Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi - 110011
India
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How to cite this article:
Lal S. Textbook of chronic noncommunicable diseases: The health challenge of the twenty-first century. Indian J Community Med 2016;41:167

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Lal S. Textbook of chronic noncommunicable diseases: The health challenge of the twenty-first century. Indian J Community Med [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Nov 24];41:167. Available from: https://www.ijcm.org.in/text.asp?2016/41/2/167/177538


Publisher Name: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd. www.jaypeebrothers.com

Location: New Delhi, India

Price: Not mentioned

Year of Publication: 2015

Editors Name: Jai Prakash Narain, Rajesh Kumar

Pages: 274

ISBN: 978-93-5250-043-7 (Paperback)

The "Textbook of Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases: The Health Challenge of the 21st Century" published in October, 2015 is contributed by the well-recognized national and international experts in the field. Aimed at students, physicians, scientists, and public health professionals, the book brings together various aspects of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, obesity, and mental health in one volume. It provides the most up-to-date data and information on the subject and may serve as a treatise on the global pandemic and is now the leading cause of death in India.

It has 18 chapters, contributed by 37 experts and can broadly be divided into four parts. The first part provides a review of the epidemiology including the burden and trends, the social determinants or risk factors, economic impact and impact on the poor, the global lessons learnt, and plans for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) control in India. The second part covers in detail specific NCDs, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, obesity, and mental health, each contributed by the subject-matter experts.

The third part of the book deals with important topics such as medicines for treatment of Diabetes and hypertension, health promotion and disease prevention, link between communicable and noncommunicable diseases, priority areas for research, and lessons from tuberculosis (TB) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) programs that can be applied to NCDs. The fourth section articulates various approaches essential for NCO control such as the interface with primary health care, imperativeness of the intersectoral engagement, and the role of the United Nations.

I find the contents of the book wholesome, informative, and written clearly. The references are detailed and recent, and each chapter contains the figures and graphs where appropriate. It is a welcome reference material for the students of public health and a must for the NCO program staff.

In summary, the book is an authoritative source of up-to-date technical information on NCDs and a recommended reading for all students and public health professionals, scientists, as well as physicians interested in the subject. It is a must for the national program staff and all those who are engaged in combating NCDs in the country.




 

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