…or are they?

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6976.399a (Published 11 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:399
  1. James Le Fanu
  1. General practitioner Mawbey Brough Health Centre, London SW8 2UD

    EDITOR,—Although the statistics of health inequalities in Britain discussed in George Davey Smith and Jerry Morris's editorial1 seem impressive, the absolute scale and nature of the problem, and what indeed is to be done to resolve it, remain elusive. Thus, working as a general practitioner in inner city London with a wide social mix of patients I find it difficult to relate, for example, the twofold differential in infant mortality between social classes I and V to clinical practice. Death in infancy is nowadays very rare and when it does occur, whether from the sudden infant death syndrome or childhood malignancy, it occurs just as often …

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