Wellness around the World
An International Encyclopedia of Health Indicators, Practices, and Issues [2 volumes]
by Brenda S. Gardenour Walter, Editor
November 2022, 1032pp, 7x10
2 volumes, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6678-4
$214, £165, 187€, A294
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-6679-1
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The COVID-19 pandemic has made starkly clear the importance of approaching and addressing human health on a planet-wide scale.

Through a rich selection of reference entries, country profiles, and interviews, this two-volume set introduces students and general interest readers to the fascinating and multifaceted fields of global and cross-cultural health studies.

The health challenges facing people around the world today are diverse, yet we all share common needs for physical, psychological, and social well-being. It is these factors that drive the study and mission of global health.

Wellness around the World: An International Encyclopedia of Health Indicators, Practices, and Issues serves as a broad introduction to the field of global health. Volume 1 includes a collection of accessibly written entries covering a wide variety of integral topics in this multidisciplinary subject. Readers will discover how various factors interact with one another to form a complex and multilayered picture of health around the world. Volume 2 features profiles of every country on Earth, detailing each nation’s unique health landscape and pressing health concerns. These profiles, which follow a standardized format, allow readers to compare and contrast multiple countries and regions. This set also includes a collection of 10 in-depth interviews with researchers and activists working to improve health around the globe, offering readers a look at how abstract concepts and principles are applied to foster real-world change.


  • Entries examine the expansive field of global health from a variety of angles, providing holistic and well-balanced coverage of this complex subject
  • Profiles of 195 countries utilize a standardized format to examine the common factors that contribute to a nation's well-being, such as healthcare infrastructure, prevalent diseases and conditions, and diet and nutrition, while also touching on particular issues and concerns unique to each country
  • Interviews with relevant researchers, activists, and experts help answer readers' questions and provide additional "human interest" appeal
  • A list of further readings at the end of each entry guides readers toward additional resources and serves as a gateway to more in-depth study
Brenda S. Gardenour Walter holds a PhD in medieval history from Boston University. Her research areas include medievalism in dark popular culture; kink studies; and the intersections between the human body, architecture, and the environment in the Anthropocene. She was professor of history at the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy where she taught classes in cultural competency and global health. She has worked with non-governmental organizations to serve communities in Honduras and Haiti and is now a full-time horticulturalist for Forest Park Forever, an urban non-profit serving Saint Louis, MO.
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