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Poor Health: Social Inequality before and after the Black Report

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 18 January 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:169
  1. Peter Davies, freelance writer and editor specialising in health issues
  1. London

    Eds Virginia Berridge, Stuart Blume

    Frank Cass, £17.50, pp 235

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    ISBN 0 7146 8310 8

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    The most memorable press conference I have ever attended took place in hastily improvised premises behind a guitar shop in Soho, London, in 1987. It had been intended to take place at the nearby Health Education Council, to which I had been hurrying when to my surprise I saw various eminent worthies, including Sir Douglas Black, traipsing towards me with a retinue of journalists. They had been turfed out of the Health Education Council at the last moment when the political implications of the publication they were about to launch suddenly dawned on the council chairman. He hamfistedly tried to distance the organisation from the report at the 11th hour, though his …

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