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Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health

Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health Global Public Health Vol. 6, No. 1, January 2011, 102105 BOOK REVIEW Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health, by the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health, Geneva, World Health Organization, 2008, 246 pp., US$40 (paperback), ISBN 978- 9-241-56370-3 Committees often figure in the punch lines of jokes about inefficiency and lack of productivity  sometimes for good reason. Ideological stalemates can grind work to a halt, or lack of agreement on substantive items can produce documents that cater only to the very least common denominator. When confronted with ‘Closing the gap in a generation’, produced by a committee appointed by the embattled World Health Organization, a reader might feel authorised to be cynical before even opening it. But the jaded reader is in for a surprise. The Commission on Social Determinants of Health, chaired by Michael Marmot, includes 19 participants from several countries and diverse academic backgrounds, among them heavyweights such as Giovanni Berlinguer, one of the most relevant intellectuals in the international field of public health, and Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen. Part manual, part manifesto, ‘Closing the gap in a generation’, the product of their collaboration, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Public Health Taylor & Francis

Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health

Global Public Health , Volume 6 (1): 4 – Jan 1, 2011
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