Unequal Health: How Inequality Contributes to Health Or Illness

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2010 - Medical - 283 pages
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Unequal Health asks why some individuals are living longer and enjoying better health than others. By considering popular beliefs about the relevance of such factors as sex, race, poverty, and health habits, Grace Budrys moves beyond factors that receive a great deal of media attention-such as smoking, diet, exercise, and even genetic inheritance-and examines those factors that are far more difficult to identify and track, such as relative income and relative social status.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
CIA Central Intelligence Agency
6
Definitions Measures and Data Sources
11
The Causes of Death
33
Age and Sex
45
Race and Poverty
61
Lifestyle and Health Behavior
83
COT Congressional Office of Technology Assessment
90
Stress
153
Social Inequality
173
Population Health
195
Policy
221
GNP gross national product
226
HEDIS healthcare effectiveness data and information
243
References
249
IOM Institute of Medicine
260

CPI National Consumer Price Index
96
Medical Care
109
Genes
133
Index
279
About the Author
283
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About the author (2010)

Grace Budrys is professor of sociology at DePaul University. She is the author of Our Unsystematic Healthcare System.

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