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Status Syndrome

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Social circumstances are key factors in dictating life expectancy and propensity to illness. The full extent to which we are at the mercy of social hierarchy is revealed in Marmot's fascinating and troubling insight.

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Sir Michael Marmot is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL, a leading intellectual both in the UK and globally. He will take up the Lown visiting professorship at Harvard in 2015. He chaired the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health (2005-8), his recommendations have been adopted by the World Health Assembly and taken up by many countries and the British Government appointed him to conduct a review of social determinants and health inequalities. The Marmot Review and its recommendations are now being implemented in three-quarters of local authorities in England. He previously published Status Syndrome in 2004.


`Marmot's important study shows that - in every culture - our happiness and health are closely related to the place we occupy in the status hierarchy, and that that the key to status is our occupation' * Will Hutton, Guardian * `Marmot's fascinating study not only presents its formidable research accessibly, but offers pragmatic steps with which governments, if so inclined, could redress the imbalance ... this is a pressing polemic bolstered by facts' * Scotland on Sunday * `Bubbling with findings, discreetly illuminated by the light of social justice, written considerately for ordinary readers, Status Syndrome is packed with ideas that should have been coursing through public debate for years' * Independent * `Marmot is a world-class scientist who writes deeply about matters of life and death with the grace of a world-class essayist ... Anyone concerned about the health of our society should read this book' * Robert D. Putnam, author of Bowling Alone *

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