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Life in Britain: Using Millennial Census Data to Understand Poverty, Inequality and Place

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 27 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1028
  1. Helen Roberts (, professor of child health, child health research and policy unit
  1. City University, London

    Geography (at least at my school) used to be about the world painted red and capitals, cargoes, and climates. Now, geographers rule the waves. People who used to be economists are economic geographers, sociologists are social geographers, and epidemiologists health geographers. If academic subjects were hung on a Christmas tree, geography would be the star on top and Life in Britain the box of delights below.

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    Ben Wheeler, Mary Shaw, Richard Mitchell, Danny Dorling

    Policy Press (for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation), £49.99 ISBN 1 86134 773 1

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    A group that has provided scientific material for some of the best tabloid headlines on inequalities in health (a compliment) and photographs relating place and space to health has now brought out a package using millennial census data to understand poverty, inequality, and place. Books are out, other media in, and the delights in this particular box are five posters, 10 short reports, a detailed technical report, and an overall summary. These present an introduction to …

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