Health and Social Organization: Towards a Health Policy for the Twenty-first Century

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David Blane, Eric Brunner, Richard G. Wilkinson
Psychology Press, 1996 - Health & Fitness - 326 pages
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There is widespread recognition that the most powerful determinants of health today are to be found in social, economic and cultural circumstances. These include: ecnomic growth, income distribution, consumption, work oganisation, unemployment and job insecurity, social and family structure, education and deprivation, and they are all aspects of 'social organisation'. In DEGREESHealth and Social Organisation leading British and North American researchers who bring together an invaluable collection of data on these issues, draw from the social sciences, epidemiology and biology.
 

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Contents

The evolution of public health policy An anglocentric view of the last fifty years
1
The policy problem
19
To prevent disease The need for a new approach
21
The significance of socioeconomic factors in health for medical care and the National Health Service
32
The social pattern of health and disease
42
Environment and economic growth
69
Social determinants of health The sociobiological translation
71
Whats been said and whats been hid Population health global consumption and the role of national health data systems
94
Education social circumstances and mortality
171
Transmission of social and biological risk across the life course
188
Unpaid work carers and health
204
Work and the labour market
233
Work and health Implications for individuals and society
235
Health and work insecurity in young men
255
The social and biological basis of cardiovascular disease in office workers
272
Policy integration
301

How can secular improvements in life expectancy be explained?
109
The family and life course
123
Patterns of attachment interpersonal relationships and health
125
Family and education as determinants of health
152
Health and social capital
303
Index
313
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Blane-Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School

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