by Valiere Alcena, M.D.
This book was written to inform both health care officials and the general public of the most common diseases and their treatments - most especially those that strictly afflict the black population or those with which African Americans are more severely afflicted. When Haitian-born Dr. Valiere Alcena first began practicing medicine in the United States some twenty years ago, he discovered that different ethnic groups are affected by disease in different ways. African Americans are apt to be affected more virulently than whites. Dr. Alcena wished to arm blacks with a better understanding of illnesses - their causes and treatments. The African-American Health Book covers almost every health problem which afflicts the community in general and the black population in particular. Special attention is given to cancer, heart ailments, hypertension, emphysema, diabetes, sickle-cell anemia, and drug and alcohol abuse. This book's avowed aim is to show how and why diseases occur and what can be done to prevent them and how they can be treated. It outlines both the responsibility of the individuals by taking better care of themselves and the government by providing the necessary funding for health care.
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