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December 23/30, 1998

Poverty and DiseaseStunted Lives, Stagnant Economies: Poverty, Disease, and Underdevelopment

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Eileen Stillwaggon, 342 pp, with illus, $50, ISBN 0-8135-2493-8, paper, $23, ISBN 0-8135-2494-6, New Brunswick, NJ, Rutgers University Press, 1998.

JAMA. 1998;280(24):2131. doi:10.1001/jama.280.24.2131-JBK1223-6-1

Poverty is a powerful determinant of poor health. According to recent research, extremes of income may be an even stronger indicator of poor health status for people at the lower end of the distribution in relatively wealthy societies.1 These determinants are prominent in nearly every country, including our own, as reinforced in Health, United States, 1998.2

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