Health and Social Organization-Toward a Health Policy for the 21st CenturyBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7074.155 (Published 11 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:155
- A Kaplan George
- chief, Human Population Laboratory, California Department of Health Services, Berkeley, CA, USA
Ed Blane, Brunner, Wilkinson. Routledge, £14.99, pp 326. ISBN 0 415 13070 0
Attempting to explain the relation between social organisation and the health of populations invites one of two paths. In the first, social organisation in all its complexity is reduced to a few major attributes, and the reader is led along a chain of evidence that establishes these attributes as the primary causes of health variation, often with a single minded focus on either a social or biological mechanism.
This volume takes …