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Social Determinants of Health

Michael Marmot (Editor), Richard G. Wilkinson (Editor)

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ISBN 10: 0198565895 / ISBN 13: 9780198565895
Published by Oxford University Press, USA, 2005
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Title: Social Determinants of Health

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Edition: 2.

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Social Determinants of Health, 2E gives an authoritative overview of the social and economic factors which are known to be the most powerful determinants of population health in modern societies. Written by acknowledged experts in each field, it provides accessible summaries of the scientific justification for isolating different aspects of social and economic life as the primary determinants of a population's health.

The new edition takes account of the most recent research and also includes additional chapters on ethnicity and health, sexual behaviors, the elderly, housing and neighborhoods.

Recognition of the power of socioeconomic factors as determinants of health came initially from research on health inequalities. This has led to a view of health as not simply about individual behavior or exposure to risk, but how the socially and economically structured way of life of a population shapes its health. Thus exercise and accidents as as much about a society's transport system as about individual decisions; and the nation's diet involves agriculture, food manufacture, retailing, and personal incomes as much as individual choice. But a major new element in the picture we have developed is the importance of the social, or psycho-social, environment to health. For example, health in the workplace for most employees - certainly for office workers - is less a matter of exposure to physical health hazards as of the social envrionment, of how supportive it is, whether people have control over their work, whether their jobs are secure. A similar picture emerges in other areas ranging from the health importance of the emotional envrionment in early childhood to the need for more socially cohesive communities.

Social Determinants of Health, 2E should be read by those interested in the wellbeing of modern societies. It is a must for public health professionals, for health promotion specialists, and for people working in the many fields of public policy which we now know make such an important contribution to health.

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Michael Marmot is a Director, International Institute for Society and Health; Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, UK. Richard Wilkinson is in the Department of Social Epidemiology, University of Nottingham Medical School; visiting Professor Institute for
Society and Health, University College London, UK.

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