Urban Health: A Tale of Two Cities. New York Became what Amsterdam once Was
(Wilco Tuinebreijer, Chinazo Cunningham ) The Low Countries - 2009, № 17, pp. 78-85
In this article the authors compare urban mental health and substance abuse care in New York and in Amsterdam. In doing so, they recognise that globalisation and its effects on mental health are crucial. However, it is impossible to give a complete picture, because public mental health is a complicated combination of medical, scientific, social, and political factors. Nonetheless, this essay is a tentative sketch describing how to deal with these issues. In the year 2009, the Hudson celebration year, a conference will also be organised to celebrate both: the 400 year-old relationship between the two cities and the exchange concerning urban health issues. Experts from New York and Amsterdam will present the similarities and differences in the challenges this subject poses.
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