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The health gap : the challenge of an unequal world

Author: Michael Marmot
Publisher: New York, NY Bloomsbury Press, ©2015. 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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ILLNESS & ADDICTION: SOCIAL ASPECTS. There are dramatic differences in health between countries and within countries. But this is not a simple matter of rich and poor, for it depends on each society's particular social gradient. In all countries, people at relative social disadvantage suffer health disadvantage, dramatically so; the higher the social status of individuals, the better their health. Even within an  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Marmot
ISBN: 9781632860804 1632860805 9781632860781 1632860783
OCLC Number: 965517348
Description: 387 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm.
Responsibility: Michael Marmot.

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ILLNESS & ADDICTION: SOCIAL ASPECTS. There are dramatic differences in health between countries and within countries. But this is not a simple matter of rich and poor, for it depends on each society's particular social gradient. In all countries, people at relative social disadvantage suffer health disadvantage, dramatically so; the higher the social status of individuals, the better their health. Even within an individual life, changing social position directly affects health. The issue is clearly not poverty alone, but inequality. Going against conventional approaches to improving health--which have emphasized access to technical solutions and changes in behavior--Marmot argues persuasively and passionately that the key to reducing this health inequality is empowerment; we need to create the conditions for people to have control over their lives.

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