Low Income, Social Growth, and Good Health: A History of Twelve Countries

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University of California Press, 2008 - Medical - 229 pages
"James Riley has crowned decades of work on the improvement of health with a splendid book that is engagingly written and accessible to all. It is a guide to the national achievement of better health and greater longevity. Hopefully, this book will help change the world."—John C. Caldwell, Emeritus Professor of Demography, Australian National University, Canberra

"James Riley's Low Income, Social Growth, and Good Health represents another major contribution to the understanding of the world-wide mortality transition of the past two centuries. Based upon extensive research, this book is important for historians and epidemiologists, as well as central to current policy debates, because of its demonstrations of the many factors that have influenced better health in addition to economic growth and new medications."—Stanley Engerman, John H. Munro Professor of Economics and History, University of Rochester
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Life Expectancy and Income among the First Countriesto Begin Health Transitions
19
2 Which Countries Should Be Studied?
41
Japan and Korea
53
Sri Lanka
65
Panama and Costa Rica
75
Cuba and Jamaica
88
7 The Soviet and Chinese Models of Social Development
100
8 OilRich Lands
116
Income Inequality and Healthin Mexico
133
10 Limiting Mortality from Fecal Disease Malaria and Tuberculosis
142
Conclusion
161
Chronology of Health Transitions and Gross Domestic Product per Capita in 167 Countries
175
Notes
183
Index
221
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About the author (2008)

James C. Riley is Professor of History at Indiana University. He is the author of Poverty and Life Expectancy: The Jamaica Paradox (2005) and Rising Life Expectancy: A Global History (2001).

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