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Author Wilkinson, Richard G.

Title Unhealthy societies : the afflictions of inequality / Richard Wilkinson
Published London ; New York : Routledge, 1996


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Description xi, 255 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents 1. Introduction: the social economy of health -- 2. Health becomes a social science -- 3. Rising life expectancy and the epidemiological transition -- 4. The problem of health inequalities -- 5. Income distribution and health -- 6. A small town in the USA, wartime Britain, Eastern Europe and Japan -- 7. An anthropology of social cohesion -- 8. The symptoms of disintegration -- 9. The psychosocial causes of illness -- 10. Baboons, civil servants and children's height -- 11. Social capital: putting Humpty together again
Summary Using examples from USA, Britain, Japan and Eastern Europe, this book reveals that it is not the richest societies which have the best health, but those which have the smallest income difference between the rich and poor. This study finds out why
Analysis Equality
Health care
Income distribution
International comparisons
Life expectancy
Overseas item
Social capital
Social conditions
Social order
Notes 2001 printing
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [233]-246) and indexes
Notes Also available online
Subject Equality -- Health aspects.
Income distribution -- Health aspects.
Social medicine.
Social Medicine.
Health Services Accessibility.
Socioeconomic Factors.
Social Medicine.
Sociology, Medical.
LC no. 96021560
ISBN 0415092345 (cloth)
0415092353 (paperback)
Other Titles Unhealthy societies : the afflictions of inequality