Poverty, Inequality and Health: An International Perspective

Paperback | December 1, 2000

EditorDavid Leon, Gill Walt

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Poverty, Inequality and Health: An International Perspective raises new and critical issues about health inequalities. It is unique in that it provides the first truly international perspective on this problem, with contributions from the developed and developing world. The outcome of a PublicHealth Forum organised by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, this book brings together material from internationally recognised contributors from a wide range of disciplines and countries. The chapters reflect this diversity, ranging from the micro- to the macro-level, fromaetiology to intervention. Topics covered include: the over-arching concepts linking economic and social forces and health status the extent to which ethical concerns lie at the heart of the issue of inequalities in health and attempts to ameliorate them; macro-level features of inequalities inhealth within and between countries; an overview of the main body of work on inequalities in health in developed countries and those in transition within Europe; specific pathways and mechanisms at the individual level that link poverty and inequality to health status; the interaction of social andbiological influences on health status throughout life; specific disease-specific links; and issues of policy and interventions aimed at reducing inequalities in health. The book brings together people from very varied disciplines to discuss an area of clear international interest and globalimportance. As such it will be of value to the broad public health audience as well as research epidemiologists, international policy analysts and policy makers and those concerned with economic development and health.

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Poverty, Inequality and Health: An International Perspective raises new and critical issues about health inequalities. It is unique in that it provides the first truly international perspective on this problem, with contributions from the developed and developing world. The outcome of a PublicHealth Forum organised by the London School...

David Leon is at London School of Hygiene. Gill Walt is at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Format:PaperbackPublished:December 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192631969

ISBN - 13:9780192631961

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Table of Contents

Leon and Walt: Poverty, inequality and health in international perspective: a divided world?McKee: The health consequences of the collapse of the Soviet UnionSteckel: Industrialization and health in historical perspectiveLeon: Common threads: underlying components of inequalities in morality between and within countriesDavey Smith et al.: Lifecourse approaches to socio-economic differentials in cause-specific adult mortalityVitora et al.: The impact of health interventions on inequalities: infant and child health in BrazilLanata: Children's health in developing countries: issues of coping, child neglect and marginalizationKunitz: Social capital: the mixed health effects of personal communities and voluntary groupsMacintosh: Do health care systems contribute to inequalities?Murray et al.: Measuring health inequality: challenges and new directionsGwatkin: Poverty and inequalities in health within developing countries: filling the information gapPatel: Poverty, inequality and mental health in developing countriesZwi: Injuries, inequalities and health: from policy vacuum to policy actionMacintyre: Inequalities in health: is research gender blind?Graham: From Science to policy: options for reducing health inequalitiesMushtaque et al.: Do poverty alleviation programmes reduce inequalities in health? The Bangladesh experienceSen: Economic progress and health

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"Overall, this volume provides a challenging and thought-provoking treatment of poverty, inequality and health."American Journal of Epidemiology