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The Health Gap


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Sir Michael Marmot was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen for services to Epidemiology and understanding health inequalities. He is a Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London. He chaired the World Health Organization's Commission on Social Determinants of Health, and the European Review of Social Determinants and the Health Divide, and chaired a review of health inequalities across the Americas for the WHO's Pan-American Health Organization (PAHQ). His recommendations have been adopted by the World Health Assembly and by many countries. The British Government appointed him to conduct a review of social determinants and health inequalities; the Marmot Review and its recommendations are now being implemented in three-quarters of local authorities in England. He is the author of The Status Syndrome, and lives in North London.


"Michael Marmot's path-breaking work on the social determinants of health has made all of us rethink healthcare and social medicine. This is a lesson of tremendous practical importance to the world." --Amartya Sen"Marmot convincingly details how socioeconomic inequities lead to health inequities . . . [He] passionately argues for people everywhere to promote a more '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 human needs for autonomy, empowerment, and freedom in order to improve the well-being of people globally who are living in vulnerable and disadvantaged circumstances." --Library Journal"[Marmot's] research over the years has generated a catalogue of shocking headline findings, which are collected in this book to devastating effect. Page after page rams home the message that the poorer you are, the more likely you 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 the case . . . But Marmot is no doom-monger. Quite the opposite . . . this is a fundamentally 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 infrastructure to support health status . . . To learn more about creative initiatives throughout the world that are improving conditions for human beings, buy this book, 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 eight extra years of healthy life if they had the same opportunities as the richest in our society . . It's time to stop seeing health as a matter of lifestyle choice and start campaigning for justice--for all our sakes." --The Observer"Marmot's important study shows that--in every culture--our happiness and health are closely related to the place we occupy in the status hierarchy, and that that the key to status is our occupation." --The Guardian on STATUS SYNDROME"Bubbling with findings, discreetly illuminated by the light of social justice, written considerately for ordinary readers . . . Packed with ideas that should have been coursing through public debate for years." --The Independent on STATUS SYNDROME"If you want to understand why the health of people living in the United States, the richest and most powerful country in world history, lags far behind the health of people in other rich nations, then be prepared to wet your whistle here." --The New England Journal of Medicine on THE STATUS SYNDROME

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