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The champagne glass of world poverty

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 10 April 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:0

Sometimes an image or a phrase smacks you right between the eyes. I had this experience last week when I saw the figure above from the World Bank's World Development Report. It illustrates the world's biggest health problem: the champagne glass of world poverty.

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We all know that a huge gap exists between the rich and the poor in our world, but this image expresses that difference …

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