Homes and Health
How Housing and Health Interact
Routledge – 1993 – 118 pages
This book links where people live with their health. The author reviews how housing has influenced health throughout the past hundred and fifty years, discusses in detail current issues concerning housing and health and describes attempts at housing particular groups whose health is at risk.
'a concise review of recent research across a range of housing tenures and types.' - Architect's Journal
'The book is a useful and compact compendium on the interactions of housing and health.' - Building Design
'covers an astonishingly wide range of material…a useful source of reference for public health and housing professionals. This is an interesting and thoughtfully constructed book which fills a major gap in the undergraduate and professional textbook market. It is easy to read and exceptionally informative. It deserves to become a standard text.' - Environment and Planning
Acknowledgements. The legacy of the past. Before World War I. 1914-1945. The last 50 years. Around the world. Current concerns. Unfit housing. Health-threatening features of housing. Health inequalities in housing. Moving home. The high-rise experiment. Housing and the environment. Living on the margins. The frail elderly. The mentally ill. Mentally handicapped people. The physically disabled. The terminally ill. The bureaucratically homeless. People living on the streets. Residents in hostels for the destitute. Travellers and others. Conclusions. The influence of housing on physical health. The influence of housing on mental and emotional health. Health-related housing design. Association of housing and poverty. Housing for disadvantaged groups. Blurring distinctions between owners and renters. Growing awareness of health issues in housing. Changing role of public health agencies. References and further reading. Index.