Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
We are sorry, but NCBI web applications do not support your browser and may not function properly. More information
Cien Saude Colet. 2008 Nov-Dec;13(6):1785-96.

[Urban health: "the city is a strange lady, smiling today, devouring you tomorrow"].

[Article in Portuguese]

Author information

  • 1Observatório de Saúde Urbana, Faculdade de Medicina, UFMG, Belo Horizonte, MG. wcaiaffa@medicina.ufmg.br

Abstract

More than half of the world's population is living in cities and the world is turning more and more urbanized. This literature review explores the ramifications of urban transformation, showing how cities take shape and impact human health in our times. While cities can offer positive opportunities, their negative impacts related to the lack of social organization, precarious urban living and working conditions, lack of governance and opportunities as well as the lack of strategies for promoting social equity tend to increase the adverse effects on the health of the urban communities. The article also advocates the study of urban health as a branch of knowledge related to public health, proposing a common conceptual model and taxonomy for urban health. Future directions for research and practice are discussed in the light of some examples from the Brazilian scientific literature.

PMID:
18833355
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Icon for Scientific Electronic Library Online
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk