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October 2001

American Indian Health: Innovations in Health Care, Promotion, and Policy

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edited by Everett R. Rhoades, MD, 459 pp, $65, ISBN 0-8018-6328-7, Baltimore, Md, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.


Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(10):1180. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.10.1180

This book tells one of the great untold tales of health care in the United States: the campaign to improve the health of American Indians and Alaskan Natives. The narrative of this book starts with the arrival of North America's first inhabitants, does a fast forward to their first contact with the diseases of European explorers, and then scrolls us through contemporary Native American health status and health services issues. If any person were qualified to choreograph the telling of this story, it would be the editor, Dr Everett Rhoades, a Kiowa tribal member, an eminent former director of the Indian Health Service (IHS), and an academic physician from Oklahoma.

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