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Books, Journals, New Media
December 22/29, 2004

Homelessness

Author Affiliations
 

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2004;292(24):3032-3038. doi:10.1001/jama.292.24.3032-b

More than 3 million homeless men, women, and children live in the United States. Arguably the main cause of homelessness is unaffordable housing for the poor. Additional causes include mental illness, substance abuse, physical illness, absence of work, poor work ethic, and lack of education. Although homelessness represents an enormous failure of our society, an equally great failure is the lack of access to quality health care for the homeless. Homelessness clearly increases the risk for and complications from a broad array of medical ailments.

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