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Long term effects of deprivation increase health's sensitivity to current policies

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7155.413 (Published 08 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:413
  1. Richard G Wilkinson, Senior research fellow
  1. Trafford Centre for Medical Research, University of Sussex, Brighton BN1 9RY

    EDITOR—Gabbay spreads a dangerously widespread misunderstanding in his editorial on the government's green paper Our Healthier Nation. 1 2 He says that “even if new policies have favourable results, they are unlikely to show much effect by the year 2010.” Both the influences of early life on later health and the long term cumulative health effects …

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