Marmot M. New York, NY: Bloomsbury Press; 2015. Hardcover; 400 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1632860781

Why does where you live matter to your health? What is the solution to the health care crisis? In The Health Gap, Dr Marmot uses an easy and entertaining approach to describe the complex and multifaceted nature of health. He passionately and persuasively ties a wide range of illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, suicide, and child abuse to one factor: social inequality. The higher your social status, the better your health. One of the most impactful examples in the book is Dr Marmot’s research showing how persons living in the same city but different neighborhoods can have a 20-year difference in their life expectancy. This is the case in Baltimore, Maryland, where persons living in low-income sections of the city have a life expectancy of 63 years,...

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