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Social Determinants of Health By Michael Marmot (Director, International Institute for Society and Health Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, UK)


This book provides what is at once the most authoritative and readable overview of what research tells us about how different areas of public policy affect the health of the population. Arranged in chapters covering policy areas ranging from work and transport to food policy and sexual behaviour, it shows how health is affected by the lives we lead and what policy makers can do about it.

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Social Determinants of Health by Michael Marmot (Director, International Institute for Society and Health Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, UK)

Social Determinants of Health, 2nd Edition gives an authoritative overview of the social and economic factors which are known to be the most powerful determinants of population health in modern societies. Written by acknowledged experts in each field, it provides accessible summaries of the scientific justification for isolating different aspects of social and economic life as the primary determinants of a population's health. The new edition takes account of the most recent research and also includes additional chapters on ethnicity and health, sexual behaviours, the elderly, housing and neighbourhoods. Recognition of the power of socioeconomic factors as determinants of health came initially from research on health inequalities. This has led to a view of health as not simply about individual behaviour or exposure to risk, but how the socially and economically structured way of life of a population shapes its health. Thus exercise and accidents are as much about a society's transport system as about individual decisions; and the nation's diet involves agriculture, food manufacture, retailing, and personal incomes as much as individual choice. But a major new element in the picture we have developed is the importance of the social, or psycho-social, environment to health. For example, health in the workplace for most employees - certainly for office workers - is less a matter of exposure to physical health hazards as of the social environment, of how supportive it is, whether people have control over their work, whether their jobs are secure. A similar picture emerges in other areas ranging from the health importance of the emotional environment in early childhood to the need for more socially cohesive communities. Social Determinants of Health should be read by those interested in the wellbeing of modern societies. It is a must for public health professionals, for health promotion specialists, and for people working in the many fields of public policy which we now know make such an important contribution to health.

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This book is a "must read" for all members of parliament, local councillors etc, as an aide in governance, for equity to be achieved, and inequalities to be addressed. More projects across local and international borders are needed to help tackle the "isms" (ie racism, ageism, sexism etc) as they determine health. It is a privilege to read this book. So many talents have contributed to every chapter, congratulations to them all. It's certainly one of the best books around. A must read for all students of public health policy and health economics, at all levels. * BMA Medical Book Competition 2006 *

Table of Contents

1. Introduction ; 2. Social organization, stress and health ; 3. Early life ; 4. The life course, the social gradient and health ; 5. Health and labour market disadvantage: unemployment, non-employment and job insecurity ; 6. Health and the psychosocial environment at work ; 7. Transport and health ; 8. Social supoort and social cohesion ; 9. Food is a political issue ; 10. Poverty, social exclusion, and minorities ; 11. Social patterning of individual health behaviours: the case of cigarette smoking ; 12. The social determination of ethnic/racial inequalities in health ; 13. Social determinants of health in older age ; 14. Neighbourhoods, housing and health ; 15. Social determinants, sexual behaviour and sexual health ; 16. Ourselves and others - for better or worse: social vulnerability and inequality

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Social Determinants of Health by Michael Marmot (Director, International Institute for Society and Health Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, UK)
Oxford University Press
Winner of Winner of First Prize in the Public Health category of the BMA Medical Book Competition 2006.
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