The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World
- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Press; 1 edition (November 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1632860783
- ISBN-13: 978-1632860781
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
Editorial Reviews Review “Michael Marmot’s path-breaking work on the social determinants of health hasmade all of us rethink healthcare and social medicine. This is a lesson oftremendous practical importance to the world.” Amartya Sen “Marmot convincingly details how socioeconomic inequities lead to healthinequities . . . [He] passionately argues for people everywhere to promote amore ‘just distribution of health’ . . . Like a good courtroom attorney,Marmot builds a strong case and calls for action.” _Booklist_ “[T]he author creates a strong case for policy changes that address humanneeds for autonomy, empowerment, and freedom in order to improve the well-being of people globally who are living in vulnerable and disadvantagedcircumstances.” _Library Journal_ “[Marmot’s] research over the years has generated a catalogue of shockingheadline findings, which are collected in this book to devastating effect.Page after page rams home the message that the poorer you are, the more likelyyou are to live a shorter, less healthy and in all likelihood less happy life. . . _The Health Gap _briskly and coherently explores why this might be thecase . . . But Marmot is no doom-monger. Quite the opposite . . . this is afundamentally optimistic book.” _The Independent_ “Dr. Marmot weaves a masterful treatise on world financial and trade policy,availability of education to all people, and the robustness of infrastructureto support health status . . . To learn more about creative initiativesthroughout the world that are improving conditions for human beings, buy thisbook, a bargain at any price.” _New York Journal of Books_ “Now’s the time to . . change the way we think about health. In his new book,UCL professor Michael Marmot reveals that the average person would have eightextra years of healthy life if they had the same opportunities as the richestin our society . . It’s time to stop seeing health as a matter of lifestylechoice and start campaigning for justice–for all our sakes.” _The Observer_ “Marmot’s important study shows that–in every culture–our happiness andhealth are closely related to the place we occupy in the status hierarchy, andthat that the key to status is our occupation.” _The Guardian on STATUSSYNDROME_ “Bubbling with findings, discreetly illuminated by the light of socialjustice, written considerately for ordinary readers . . . Packed with ideasthat should have been coursing through public debate for years.” _TheIndependent on STATUS SYNDROME_ “If you want to understand why the health of people living in the UnitedStates, the richest and most powerful country in world history, lags farbehind the health of people in other rich nations, then be prepared to wetyour whistle here.” _The New England Journal of Medicine on THE STATUSSYNDROME_ About the Author Sir Michael Marmot is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health atUniversity College London, and current president of the World MedicalAssociation. He takes up the Lown visiting professorship at Harvard in 2015.He chaired the World Health Organization’s Commission on Social Determinantsof Health (2005-8), and the European Review of Social Determinants and theHealth Divide, and will chair a review of health inequalities across theAmericas for the WHO’s Pan-American Health Organization (PAHQ). Hisrecommendations have been adopted by the World Health Assembly and by manycountries. The British Government appointed him to conduct a review of socialdeterminants and health inequalities; the Marmot Review and itsrecommendations are now being implemented in three-quarters of localauthorities in England. He is the author of _The_ _Status Syndrome_, and livesin North London.
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