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Chapter 54: Introduction to Part Eleven: Biosensitivity – an Integrative Approach to the Health of People and Planetary Systems

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Introduction to Part Eleven: Biosensitivity – an Integrative Approach to the Health of People and Planetary Systems
Introduction to Part Eleven: Biosensitivity – an Integrative Approach to the Health of People and Planetary Systems
Anthony Capon
Introduction

Although human health is better now than at any time in human history, these health gains have been unequally distributed and have come at the price of degradation of natural systems. Leading health thinkers are arguing for an eco-social approach to health to complement the currently dominant biomedical approach. An eco-social approach acknowledges the ecological, economic and social foundations of health. Despite being a ‘natural integrator', health is not appropriately framed in sustainability discourse. Health researchers should embrace the challenge of re-framing health in this context, including by giving more ...

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