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Books, Journals, New Media
September 28, 2005


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 Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;294(12):1558. doi:10.1001/jama.294.12.1558-a

According to the World Health Organization, nearly half of all deaths in the developing world are due to infectious diseases, in great contrast to mortality patterns in wealthy countries.1 The explanation for this disparity seems obvious: prevention and treatment of infectious diseases require economic resources lacking where poverty prevails. But economist Jeffrey Sachs sees the relationship of poverty to health as a two-way street. Economic growth out of poverty also requires resources—specifically, healthy people. Thus, alleviating poverty and improving public health are reciprocal endeavors, and to achieve one requires simultaneous investment in the other.

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