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The Status Syndrome: How Social Standing Affects Our Health and Longevity [Hardcover]

Michael Marmot , M. G. Marmot
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July 2004
The rich countries of the world have remarkably good health. Malaria is long gone from Europe and the USA. Parasitic diseases do not wreak havoc with our lives. Infant mortality is below one in a hundred. Yet even so, where we stand in the social hierarchy is intimately related to our chances of getting ill and to how long we live. And the differences between top and bottom are getting bigger. This eye-opening book is based on more than twenty-five years of research that began with the Whitehall Studies in the 1980s. These showed that even among white-collar employees with steady jobs there is a clear social gradient in health. Michael Marmot's subsequent work took him round the world as he puzzled out the relationship between health and social circumstances. Everywhere from the US to Russia, from the Mediterranean to Australia, from Southern India to Japan, similar patterns emerged, showing that control over our lives and opportunities for full social participation are key factors for good health.
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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Times Books (July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805073701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805073706
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 807,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Anyone concerned about the health of our society should read this book.’ -- Robert D. Putnam, author of Bowling Alone and Better Together

'He has done us a great, great favor by writing this eminently readable, informative, and spectacular book.’ -- Laurie Garrett, author of Betrayal of Trust

'Michael Marmot ... has done us a great, great favor by writing this eminently readable, informative, and spectacular book.’ -- Laurie Garrett, author of Betrayal of Trust

Status Syndrome is packed with ideas that should have been coursing through public debate for years now. -- Independent

Marmot's new book has been greeted as a groundbreaking insight into the connection between "social life and individual death". -- The Times

Marmot...argues that the higher your standing, the more autonomy you have over your life...and the better your health. -- The Guardian

Sir Michael has a world-class reputation, thanks to three decades of research. -- Daily Telegraph

‘Anyone concerned about the health of our society should read this book.’ -- Robert D. Putnam, author of Bowling Alone and Better Together --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Sir Michael Marmot is Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health and Director of the International Centre for Health and Society, University, College, London, and Adjunct Professor of Health and Social Behavior at the Harvard School of Public Health. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading 26 Mar 2010
Format:Paperback
This is one of those books that can shift perspectives and change one's attitudes to major issues. Lots has been written about Marmot's work and I won't repeat the main arguments here. Just to say that Marmot focuses on the often poorly understood world of the psycho-social - a world interrelated with but also different from the worlds of individual choice, genetic predisposition, and the incidence of disease. As someone working in the fields of psychotherapy and in community health, I really hope that this book and the results of other epidemiological research continues to develop and to have a meaningful impact on government policy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Important science, well explained 12 Sep 2013
By Pots
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book explains some important concepts and summarises the evidence clearly. A great place to begin if you want an introduction to the literature on health inequalities. Prepare to be persuaded by Marmot's point of view.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration, by numbers 11 Jun 2004
Format:Hardcover
Michael Marmot's mastery of complex, multi-factorial epidemiological "puzzles" finds a crystal clear output in this revelatory book. Status Syndrome brings together many themes around the social determinants of health and makes clear for a broad readership (including opinion leaders in health and social policy!) why reducing social inequalities is so important for the health of populations.
I will certainly be recommending it for my public health trainees, and I hope professionals from many backgrounds with the potential to create a more cohesive, trustworthy and co-operative society will also read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars st sy 13 Sep 2010
By mb
Format:Paperback
needed this book for my degree course. very cheap on amazon. good read even if you are not studying.
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This is an excellent book, written by a scientist who has done some outstanding research and knows what he's talking about. My only criticism is he does not refer to the 8 skills of healthy, happy, successful people, which clearly underpin his findings.
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