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Social inequality and public health$
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Salvatore J. Babones

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847423207

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847423207.001.0001

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The social epidemiology of population health during the time of transition from communism in Central and Eastern Europe

The social epidemiology of population health during the time of transition from communism in Central and Eastern Europe

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(p.143) Ten The social epidemiology of population health during the time of transition from communism in Central and Eastern Europe
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Social inequality and public health
Author(s):

Arjumand Siddiqi

Martin Bobak

Clyde Hertzman

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847423207.003.0010

This chapter shows how the population-wide effect of proximate psychosocial factors on public health can be truly enormous. It argues that the social shocks associated with the transition to capitalism in the 1990s in Eastern Europe are responsible for a massive increase in cardiovascular disease among working-age men. Population health statistics suggest that during the first four years of the transition period, there were dramatic increases in mortality among males and females of working age.

Keywords:   social shocks, cardiovascular disease, psychosocial factors, Eastern Europe, capitalism

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