The African-American Health Book
was written to inform health care officials and the general public about diseases--and their treatments--that manifest more severe symptoms in African-Americans.
When Haitian-born Dr. Valiere Alcena began practicing medicine in the United States some twenty years ago, he discovered that many diseases affect African-Americans more virulently than they do whites. His research encouraged him to arm blacks with a better understanding of these illnesses'. With this in mind, The African-American Health Book covers almost every health problem that afflicts modern Americans in general and the black population in particular. Special attention is given to cancer, AIDS, heart ailments, asthma, hypertension, emphysema, diabetes, sickle-cell anemia, and drug and alcohol abuse.
This book's avowed aim is to show how and why diseases occur, what can be done to prevent them, and how they can be treated. It' outlines both the responsibility of individuals for taking better care of themselves and of government for providing the necessary funding for health care.