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Poverty, Inequality, and HealthAn International Perspective$
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David Leon and Gill Walt

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780192631961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631961.001.0001

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Common threads: underlying components of inequalities in mortality between and within countries

Common threads: underlying components of inequalities in mortality between and within countries

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(p.58) 4 Common threads: underlying components of inequalities in mortality between and within countries
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Poverty, Inequality, and Health
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David A. Leon

Gill Walt

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631961.003.0004

This chapter considers evidence suggesting that there are important common threads that underlie the pattern of inequalities in mortality within and between countries. Some of these common threads involve the action of factors that span the life course of individuals. The assumption that health inequalities, whether within or between countries, are caused by contemporaneous differences in circumstances is not sustainable for a range of important diseases that appear to be driven instead by poor socio-economic circumstances in early life and adulthood.

Keywords:   public health, health inequality, cause-specific differences, life course, socio-economic position

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