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The Bookshelf: August 4, 2015

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights The Health Gap.

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THE HEALTH GAP: The Challenge of an Unequal World

by Michael Marmot

For more than three decades, Marmot ... who will become president of the World Medical Association later this year, has led research groups studying public health. His 2010 study, “Fair Society Healthy Lives,” known as the Marmot Report, proposed ways to reduce health inequalities in England. Here, the author’s canvas is broader as he looks at the social gradient in health in places across the globe, including Brazil, Finland, Eastern Europe, Cuba, Canada, the United States, and many others.

Marmot argues that health is directly related to societal issues, that inequities in power, money, and resources give rise to inequities in the conditions of daily living and, thus, to inequities in health. Individual chapters deal with specific areas—child development, education, employment and working conditions, conditions for older people, and development of resilient communities—where changes would reduce health inequalities. … Marmot is more successful at delineating a social problem than at solving it, but he provides plenty of ammunition for those in position to tackle it.

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