Aboriginal Health in Canada: Historical, Cultural, and Epidemiological Perspectives is a comprehensive examination of the complex nature of health care issues facing First Nations people in Canada. The authors explore the physiological, spiritual, historical, sociological, cultural, economic, and environmental factors that contribute to the overall poor health status of Native People. The changes in health and disease patterns prior to European contact up to the present are described. The authors briefly look at Aboriginal healing practices in the past and current applications incorporated by Native-controlled medical facilities. The disease epidemics as a result of contact and twentieth century epidemics are explored. The authors bring their anthropological and medical training to this historical review of medical services for Aboriginal People in Canada. First published in 1995, this 2nd edition brings the information up to date with statistics from the late 1990s to 2003. Recommended for senior high school and university students.