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The Resource The health gap : the challenge of an unequal world, Michael Marmot

The health gap : the challenge of an unequal world, Michael Marmot

Label
The health gap : the challenge of an unequal world
Title
The health gap
Title remainder
the challenge of an unequal world
Statement of responsibility
Michael Marmot
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Overview: In Baltimore's inner-city neighborhood of Upton/Druid Heights, a man's life expectancy is sixty-three; not far away, in the Greater Roland Park/Poplar neighborhood, life expectancy is eighty-three. The same twenty-year avoidable disparity exists in the Calton and Lenzie neighborhoods of Glasgow, and in other cities around the world. In Sierra Leone, one in 21 fifteen-year-old women will die in her fertile years of a maternal-related cause; in Italy, the figure is one in 17,100; but in the United States, which spends more on healthcare than any other country in the world, it is one in 1,800. Why? Dramatic differences in health are not a simple matter of rich and poor; poverty alone doesn't drive ill health, but inequality does. Indeed, suicide, heart disease, lung disease, obesity, and diabetes, for example, are all linked to social disadvantage. In every country, people at relative social disadvantage suffer health disadvantage and shorter lives. Within countries, the higher the social status of individuals, the better their health. These health inequalities defy the usual explanations. Conventional approaches to improving health have emphasized access to technical solutions and changes in the behavior of individuals, but these methods only go so far. What really makes a difference is creating the conditions for people to have control over their lives, to have the power to live as they want. Empowerment is the key to reducing health inequality and thereby improving the health of everyone. Marmot emphasizes that the rate of illness of a society as a whole determines how well it functions; the greater the health inequity, the greater the dysfunction. Marmot underscores that we have the tools and resources materially to improve levels of health for individuals and societies around the world, and that to not do so would be a form of injustice. Citing powerful examples and startling statistics ("young men in the U.S. have less chance of surviving to sixty than young men in forty-nine other countries"), The Health Gap presents compelling evidence for a radical change in the way we think about health and indeed society, and inspires us to address the societal imbalances in power, money, and resources that work against health equity
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YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1945-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Marmot, Michael
Dewey number
362.1042
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RA418.5.P6
LC item number
M385 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Poor
  • Equality
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Health Status Disparities
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Equality
  • Poor
  • Gesundheit
  • Weltgesellschaft
  • Medizinische Versorgung
  • Soziale Ungleichheit
  • Sozialstatus
  • Empowerment
Label
The health gap : the challenge of an unequal world, Michael Marmot
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-369) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Organization of misery -- Whose responsibility? -- Fair society, healthy lives -- Equity from the start -- Education and empowerment -- Working to live -- Do not go gentle -- Building resilient communities -- Fair societies -- Living fairly in the world -- Organization of hope -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- Index
Control code
ocn920016431
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
387 pages
Isbn
9781408857991
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781632860781
  • (OCoLC)920016431
Label
The health gap : the challenge of an unequal world, Michael Marmot
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-369) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Organization of misery -- Whose responsibility? -- Fair society, healthy lives -- Equity from the start -- Education and empowerment -- Working to live -- Do not go gentle -- Building resilient communities -- Fair societies -- Living fairly in the world -- Organization of hope -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- Index
Control code
ocn920016431
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
387 pages
Isbn
9781408857991
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781632860781
  • (OCoLC)920016431

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