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May 19, 1993

The Health of Adults in the Developing World

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St Paul, Minn


edited by Richard G. A. Feachem, Tord Kjellstrom, Christopher J. L. Murray, Mead Over, and Margaret A. Phillips, 350 pp, $34.95, ISBN 0-19-520879-X, New York, NY, Oxford University Press/A World Bank Book, 1992.

JAMA. 1993;269(19):2560. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03500190104049

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This book concerns the nature and extent of adult ill health in the world with special attention to the developing countries. It represents more than two years of collaborative effort among the Population, Health, and Nutrition Division of the World Bank, the World Health Organization, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga.

The subject, the neglected health issues of adults and the things that kill them, is treated from an international perspective by a total of 14 contributors, representing Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, New Zealand, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Aware of the vacuum of information and health policy surrounding the topic of adult health in the developing world, the authors seek to overcome this neglect by directing the attention of health policymakers and researchers to the major causes of adult ill health, namely, tuberculosis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and injuries.

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